Personal Coaching

I help generally well functioning people create and achieve goals, maximize personal development, and navigate transitions on the path to realizing their ideal vision for the current and emerging chapters of their lives.

Personal Coaching has been described as:

“Helping generally well functioning people create and achieve goals, maximize personal development, and navigate transitions on the path to realizing their ideal vision for the current and emerging chapters of their lives. Most personal coaching clients are focused on the development of an ideal future self, an ideal career, or an improved family life. The coach aids the client through the coaching conversation in developing a coaching agenda, incorporating values clarification, identification of strengths and articulation of the client’s current life and career purpose. The coach supports the client’s efforts to engage in lifelong learning, navigate any obstacles, delegate or let go of energy draining situations, honor challenges, and celebrate successes.” [1]

About Coaching

Coaching evolved from humanistic and person-centered psychotherapy. It is a reaction to the medicalization of therapy, which was largely motivated by efforts to include therapy as a service covered by medical insurance. However, because medical insurance was designed to cover illness, the link between insurance and therapy inaccurately promoted the notion that all therapy patients are mentally ill.

However, in my practice psychotherapy is rarely about curing mental illness. Therapy is about coming to know yourself and the workings of your mind. Most of us are like swiss cheese: We function well in some environments and in some circumstances. But there are holes – experiences that send us into an internal tailspin. From my perspective, therapy is where you identify and fill those holes, so that nothing in life is blind-siding.

If you believe yourself to be mentally healthy, but wish to improve your life in a specific way, and do not wish to be considered a therapy patient, then you may prefer a coaching relationship. In either case, it is your journey, and my role is to help you navigate it in the direction of your choosing, and to be honest and transparent in the process.

Unlike other coaches, I draw from my depth of knowledge and multiple perspectives as a licensed psychologist and career business attorney. Because I am always functioning as a psychologist, I am required to operate under the ambit of my psychology license, which necessitates my adherence to the highest professional and ethical standards.

[1] Auerbach, J., as cited in Harris, Eric A. Coaching, A New Frontier: Some Questions and Answers. www.apait.org/apait/resources/articles. Date unknown.

Contact Me Today

Call 248-219-2548 or send me an email to see how I can help you.