Coaching is the act of guiding a person to achieve a specific goal, either professional or personal. Although therapists and coaches have similar approaches, coaches are typically more direct and have more frequent contact with clients than therapists, and focus on the specific goal at hand, rather than seeking the root of an issue. If you have a specific goal you'd like a professional perspective on, coaching might be a good step. Contact one of TherapyDen’s coaching experts today!

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Couples throughout U.S. have access to Relationship Coaching Group - an interactive, online coaching program.

— Michele Hahn, Counselor in Santa Monica, CA

Life Coaching is a great service for teens and young adults who are not in need of therapy but are interested in getting support in starting their lives as an adult. Life coaching is a solution focused, practical service that can include, but is not limited to, gaining clarity on career choices, learning skills such as personal organization, or addressing barriers to taking on adult responsibilities. Life coaching focuses on the here and now, and does not dive deeply in past stressors / traumas.

— Angela Shankman, Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA

Coaching, for me, is about setting and achieving goals in the moment. Assisting you in finding your heart’s desire and then setting out to bring those things into your life now is what coaching is all about.

— Lissa Merkel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I am a psychological coach. I am also a recent Doctoral graduate of clinical psychology. Although I work with spirit-mind-body and use Psychology to understand the psyche, I prefer coaching, counseling and mentoring to traditional therapy because through coaching, I am able to use both my psychological background and spiritual gifts. This allows me to meet the needs of the clients without forcing them into a box based on psychological theory.

— Chiaku Hanson, Counselor in Los Angeles, CA

Based on my background (see my website in finance, counseling, divorce mediation and parenting, I developed a powerful divorce coaching program that will provide you with specific strategies and tools to develop a path forward through your separation and divorce.

— Jill Barnett Kaufman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Princeton, NJ

The purpose of a life coach is to provide emotional support and encourage individuals to explore and make the correct choices that will help them gain a better understanding of the challenges that hinders their overall success and well-being. I recognize that the challenges that individuals are faced with may be difficult for them to handle alone. I work collaboratively with my clients to help them explore barriers that creates disruptions in their lives.

— Shante Kollock, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in ,

I observed that my clients needed to get through their challenges rather than reflect on their past to resolve deep underlying issues. These clients thrived in sessions that were goal focused with a specific time frame.

— Maria Young, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Burlingame, CA

Coaching provides non-clinical, future-oriented support to help you achieve personal or professional goals. I will work with you to develop an agenda that reflects your strengths, values, and goals, and help remove obstacles to greater achievement and satisfaction. Coaching sessions provide individualized assessment, problem-solving, accountability, and morale-boosting to support you through transitions, unique challenges, and the day-to-day of staying on course with your deepest aspirations.

— Loretta Staples, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Haven, CT

I incorporate Positive Psychology and coaching techniques into my sessions with clients as a way of focusing on what clients want in their lives as opposed to what they don't want. Coaching helps clients tap into their motivation and joy and set personal goals around what's important in their lives.

— Megan Miller, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in North Bend, OR

Sometimes you know where you want to go, but can't figure out how to get there. Or, you have all the options but freeze trying to make a decision. I help clarify where you want to go in life or in your career, create the steps and assist you in getting there.

— Dr. Marcia Norman, Psychologist in Winter Park, FL

Coaching is results based and future oriented. It teaches concrete skills, uses timelines, and is about forming new habits. Coaching helps you step in to your potential by offering action steps and solutions to lead you to your desired outcome. It incorporates practice and accountability and is often more short-term than therapy, which can last for years. I have a Relationship Coaching Level 1 Certificate from The Relationship School and incorporate coaching in my approach.

— Brittany Eide, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Beaverton, OR

As a coach, I help you identify best practices you want to integrate into your life and then help troubleshoot practical barriers to doing it. I integrate previous business experience with psychotherapy principles to help you make progress. Coaching can be goal or job related and include things like career counseling, help with networking strategies and execution, and other practical topics. Or coaching can be focused on mental health issues like better managing ADHD, OCD, or anxiety.

— Katie Playfair, Counselor in Portland, OR

I completely benefited from having coaches in my life. Coaches made me a better athlete and helped me manage my life and career. I was a business and personal coach for many years before becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and now I combine that experience with a broad understanding of human emotional well-being to provide leading-edge coaching and counseling work that facilitates life growth and improvement while enabling life transformation.

— Rice Pierce, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Phoenix, AZ

I've worked in a variety of settings assisting college students to executives, across various industries. I am a Certified Career Counselor, Certified Executive Coach, Certified Myers-Briggs Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner and previously held, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW).

— Meagan Prost, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,

I will help you to... create your own life vision discover your passion or life purpose replace old habits with new ones overcome obstacles and procrastination overcome feelings of being overwhelmed and struck in a rut improve your focus, time management, and productivity nurture your creativity develop an action plan so your can successfully achieve your goals increase your self-esteem and self-worth identify hidden obstacles find increased meaning and satisfaction in your life create a life th

— Sonya Carter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Graham, NC

I typically use coaching techniques to assist clients undergoing child custody evaluations or social studies in family court or family law cases to make the most thorough and effective presentations. I am familiar with what is required in these cases, and by using coaching and teaching techniques I can often ensure that my client is the best prepared parent at the courthouse. Evaluators themselves are also pleased when my clients are well prepared because it makes the evaluator's job easier. Due to modern technology, I can typically provide these services nationwide.

— Stephen Finstein, Therapist in Dallas, TX

I provide strategies to strengthen executive function skills for those struggling with ADHD

— Mikayla Phan, Marriage & Family Therapist in Waunakee, WI

While coaching, I provide an environment that encourages clients to trust their own opinions, while fostering confidence in order for them to realize their full potential.

— Dr. Valisha Terry, Psychologist in Cherry Hill, NJ

Coaching in the broad sense of the word. I want to help you feel the empowerment of making healthy decisions that best suit your own personal life goals in a culturally sensitive approach. However, that may look for you.

— Jean Donald, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA