Coaching

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In addition to psychotherapy, I also offer coaching services.

What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?

Therapy is intended for people whose symptoms meet criteria for a psychological diagnosis (depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, etc.).  In order to meet the threshold of a diagnosis, a person must be experiencing significant distress and/or impairment in their ability to function.  This could manifest as having trouble getting yourself out of bed, struggling at work, or being unable to maintain friendships and relationships. Therapy is generally based in a theoretical orientation (psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, humanistic/interpersonal, narrative) and may involve following a specific treatment protocol (i.e. EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy).  Therapists don’t generally give advice but instead help you to find what solutions are best for you.

Coaching, on the other hand, is intended for people who want a tune up on a few things but who do not have any significant impairment.  This could be working on communication strategies, brainstorming about how to better flourish at work, or talking about relationship patterns that aren’t working for you.  Coaching tends to involve many of the same strategies as therapy but can have more direct advice given by the coach to the client.

Both therapy and coaching can be excellent resources for people.  In general, I recommend people start at the lowest level of care appropriate (in this case coaching) and move up to higher levels of care as needed.  So if you were to begin seeing a coach for some romantic issues and the coach noticed that these issues were accompanied by significant symptoms of depression they would most likely refer you to therapy in order to address these more serious symptoms.

Are you interested in starting some coaching? Or do you want to talk to about whether therapy or coaching is the right fit for you?

Use the “Book An Appointment” button or email me at sexpositivepsych@gmail.com

I can’t wait to work with you!