Welcome to my website. Maybe you know you want coaching or maybe you know you want counseling (therapy.) Maybe you don’t know the difference between the two (and you’re not alone if you don’t.) My goal with this website is to give you an idea of who I am, how therapy and coaching work, and how I work so that you have the information you need to decide if I might be a good match for you and your needs.
To start off, let me explain about coaching. Coaching is a collaborative relationship in which we work together to help you achieve your athletic, creative, career or other life goals. It differs from counseling in that we are not addressing a mental health issue, and tends to be focused on some positive achievement. For example, wanting to start a creative project with less angst and more confidence. Or wanting to keep motivation high for your sport while recovering from an injury. Or wanting to make a job or career change and needing some clarity, support, and accountability.
While counseling is also collaborative, we are addressing a problem area in your life, and you’re having some emotional distress about it. Issues can range from anxiety and depression to marital and family issues, dysfunctional relationships, major losses, etc. Having a diagnosis doesn’t mean there’s anything “wrong” with you; it just means that stress is coming out in ways that interfere with your optimal mental health.