Having a rich, meaningful, fulfilling, and healthy life means aligning the outside world with your most genuine, core self as much as possible. All of us share certain fundamental needs, strengths, and vulnerabilities but, since we’re all unique, the details of that kind of life are different for different people.
Likewise, there are myriad factors and situations that can arise and hold you back from achieving your fullest potential, and some tools are better suited for certain jobs than others. That’s why I offer two types of services to individuals:
Generally speaking, psychotherapy can help people resolve problems that have caused them difficulty in their lives. Often, therapy involves helping a client to regain a former level of healthy functioning.
Just as often, it entails helping clients to achieve that level for the first time by, for instance, overcoming longstanding ways of thinking, acting, and relating with others that haven’t worked well.
You could think of therapy as a process of working toward a baseline of healthy functioning in which your relationships with yourself and others, along with your capacity to cope with inevitable difficulties, are well suited to your environment, so that you are free to grow and pursue self-actualization.
Right Life Coaching isn't psychotherapy, and doesn't involve the diagnosis or treatment of mental health problems. It is a process of growth and the pursuit of self-actualization.
Coaching clients function adequately in their day-to-day lives but long for more meaning, fulfillment, and happiness. They may feel especially frustrated because they still lack those things despite having achieved the traditional markers of success. They may benefit from resolving problems in their relationships with others or finding solutions to known roadblocks.
Sometimes, they just feel like something needs to change, but they have no idea what.
WHICH SERVICE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Just as people’s problems rarely fall into neat categories, the issues dealt with in psychotherapy and coaching aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. For example, as my coaching client, it may be germane to discuss how issues from your past are affecting your ability to set or achieve your goals, but primarily we will be working in the here-and-now, with a focus on practical steps to help you achieve your full potential. Likewise, although psychotherapy focuses on resolving problems that impair your functioning, doing so is clearly helpful if you ultimately hope to achieve the highest levels of self-actualization. There are also both similarities and differences in the type of working relationship that each requires.
In any case, this isn’t a question you need to worry about, and certainly not one you need to consider by yourself. That’s what I’m here for. When you contact me for a free 15-minute consultation, we’ll discuss your concerns, goals, and which framework of services would be best suited to help you with them. Long story short: your needs will inform our approach.
SPEAKING AND INSTRUCTION
I am available for speaking engagements and instruction for groups, businesses, and other organizations including healthcare, mental healthcare, and educational institutions. Topics include a variety of issues regarding the cultivation of wellbeing across multiple dimensions of life, and the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation and its application to your day-to-day life, the workplace, and other settings. My presentations combine insights from the latest scientific research, practical guidance for implementing change, and inspiration. Please feel free to contact me to discuss how I can help.