Simply put- No. The purpose of the clarity call is to explore how I can support you, explain the conflict coaching process, discuss if conflict coaching would be appropriate for your needs and clarify any questions that you may have. After the clarity call, it is for you to decide whether you would like for us to work together. The clarity call is free, regardless of whether you book my services or not :)
Therapy and counseling, is a relatively long-term process in which a client works with a mental health professional to provide diagnosis and treatment for mental health illnesses and emotional and behavioral disorders and guidance and support in dealing with pain and difficulties within an individual or in relationships. This is the most important factor that differentiates therapy and counseling from coaching, in that it is offered by people who are trained to help clients cope with mental health illnesses. Which is why, if you are seeking help for a mental health illness, I urge you to reach out to a licensed therapist.
International Coaching Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires. them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Coaching, is a short term process where a client works with a coach, who is not necessarily a mental health professional, to clarify goals and identify obstacles through the art of active listening and power of questions, in order to create actionable plans to achieve desired results.
In general, therapy and counseling is past and present focused. It focuses on introspection and analysis of the past, to help resolve past issues, in order to achieve a better future. Coaching, on the other hand, is present and future focused. Coaches help their clients explore their past only as a means of understanding their current life experience and belief systems. Their primary objective is to help a client look at where they are, where they want to be, and how to get from where they are to where they want to be. Through goal setting, coaching helps you get clarity and direction in the area of your life that you are struggling with.
That being said, coaches particularly life coaches often use “therapeutic” tools, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Therapeutic Art, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), and other psychological techniques, with clients. The word “therapeutic” means that it benefits the body or mind and increases wellbeing. Using these tools is helpful as a coach, however it is not the same as conducting “therapy” like a therapist. A coach can use therapeutic and psychological tools to help people:
• Change their thinking
• Increase their emotional wellbeing
• Change limited belief systems
• Reframe past experiences
• Set and achieve goals
• Make life changes
• Increase motivation
• Learn a new skill
• Change their self-identity
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