What is the difference between counseling and coaching?
• In a coaching relationship there is a clearly identified goal. The coach works in a very directive manner to assist the client in identifying steps to reaching that goal. A plan is developed (usually collaboratively) and the coach holds the client accountable for executing the plan. There is a strong emphasis on taking steps towards a future place or position.
• Clients typically enter the counseling relationship expressing a desire to deal with emotional barriers that are impeding their day to day process. Typically the issues that the client is struggling with are abstract or less tangible than in a coaching relationship. The client may be dealing with past hurts or experiences that they need help processing.
• I incorporate both coaching and counseling. Together we will work together to address past, present and future components of your lived experience. I do not believe that individuals are one dimensional and therefore do not operate from an either or approach. I believe this methods works best for the clients that need my area of specialty.
How will you help me?
How long will I work with you?
Is everything that I tell you completely confidential?
There are certain situations where I am forced to break confidentiality to provide information to other persons or agencies without your permission. These situations are as follows:
• If a client reveals information implying or indicating abuse or neglect of a child, or abuse or neglect of an elderly person, this therapist will report this information to the Department of Family and Children's Services or other appropriate state agency.
• If a client threatens bodily harm or death to another person this therapist will inform the intended victim and law enforcement agencies.
• If a client threatens to harm himself or herself, the therapist will inform a family member or other emergency contact and assist in the mobilization of appropriate mental health services.
• If fees are unpaid after 90 days and attempt must be made to collect fees through an agency or small claims court. (In this case no details of counseling sessions would be disclosed, only name, address, dates and amount owed.)