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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Coaching focuses on helping clients stay motivated in pursuit of a specific future goal. Need to help my clients explore and navigate the tough waters of their sexuality, the relationships and their inner self. Encouragement and focus on one's strengths is paramount. A trained psychologist can make an even better coach, understanding the inner workings and fears that can hold us back.

— Monte Miller, Psychologist in Boerne, TX

I incorporate Positive Psychology and coaching techniques into my therapy 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 intrinsic motivation and set personal goals around what's important in their lives. I now offer a 6 session coaching series for individuals who prefer the action-oriented approach of a coaching model to traditional therapy.

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

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

I pride myself on being an active participant in the therapy process. I'm not the type that sits back and nods. Rather, I point things out to my clients and hold them accountable to make the necessary changes so they can create a more loving and healthy relationship.

— KIN LEUNG, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Burlingame, CA

Rather than practicing from a medical or mental illness model, coaching focuses on strengths and wellness. I strive to work with a client's natural strengths, learn from them about their children, and educate them in methods that work with their children's needs to improve overall parenting and address specific behaviors that are causing stress in the home.

— Lisa Wittorff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

I have over 20 years in the corporate field and I believe that combining my innate compassion, educational background, and work experience, I am able to help individuals, who may be looking for someone in the coaching position to help them work career or personal struggles.

— Erin Gray, Counselor in Lake Mary, FL

I am a trained psychologist, however I am not a traditional therapist in that I do not just focus on healing psychological wounds and restoring a person to her fully-functional state. I like to invite and inspire my clients to work toward becoming the best possible version of themselves in all aspects of their lives. I use a variety of techniques to accomplish this, including reading assignments, meditation, visualization, and other exercises to help clients expand their level of self-awareness and their sense of what is possible for them.

— Raquel Muller, Psychologist in Tigard, OR

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— Dr Dan Amzallag, Marriage & Family Therapist in Gaithersburg, MD

Coaching is a process, not a to-do list. We look at exactly what’s going on in your life, and what you want to be different. We find out where you are now, and how you got there. We find out what you want to create, and what needs to change in order to make it happen. Coaching puts you in the driver’s seat in your life. You will understand how to make your life better. It’s your personal process of becoming more, becoming better and creating exactly what you want.

— Joanne Royer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Its your life, I'm just here to consult on any area where you're being challenged.

— DEANA KAHLE, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Bernardino, 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

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

I pull from many different coaching methods in order to provide something that is tailored to individual needs.

— Risha Nathan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

Therapuetic coaching provides clients with diverse needs the opportunities to consult from anywhere using a HIPPA-compliant, telemedicine platform. Clients sign up for a series of sessions usually to address a specific need. Many women with postpartum mood disorders,including postpartum psychosis, utilize coaching to obtain education, treatment options, coordiante care services, and may opt for intensive weekend sessions to address unique needs in a faster pace recovery model.

— Michele Davidson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Virginia Beach, VA

Consultant: assist other professionals in designing and implementing appropriate music education experiences for students/adults with disabilities, provide support in the development of techniques and strategies that will lead to successful inclusion. Assist music educators with the development of augmentative devices, adaptation of equipment and instruments, simplification of musical arrangements. Supervision: For MT students and Holistic Health Coaching and Support through HCI

— Megan Dozler, Creative Art Therapist in Napa, 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 Kaufman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Princeton, NJ

I have multiple Health Coaching Certifications. I provide Health & Behavior Coaching.

— Lili Wagner, Psychologist in Newhall, CA

Coaching for Career change or Life transitions can help people get past feelings of stuck, overwhelm, uncertainty or grief. Through coaching it is possible to identify strengths and interests to guide you into the next part of your life. People who are Neuro-Diverse or on the Autism spectrum can also benefit from targeted skill build to help navigate the social and physical challenges of everyday. Taking new steps, trying new skills and changing behaviors takes courage.

— Kathleen Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Coaching focuses on whatever aspects of your personal life and career are keeping you from performing at your best. The goal is to make meaningful changes to help you reach your optimal performance. Together we will look at those aspects of your life to understand the issues and how they are affecting you. We'll then prioritize and set goals; create a plan on how to reach them; and decide how to recognize your success along the way. Coaching clients commonly achieve: - Improved personal organization - Better time-management skills - More stable personal finances - Better communication in personal relationships - Successful career changes and transitions - Reduced stress - Overall improvements to health and wellbeing Life coaching is more than simply making changes. It is also a way to learn about yourself and those around you. Coaching will help you navigate your world with more ease and less stress. You will find a new rhythm for living your best life.

— Lauren Rigney, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

The difference between coaching and therapy is that therapy takes someone that is below baseline and brings them up to baseline and then beyond. Coaching takes someone that is at baseline up higher. The same skills I use in therapy can be applied to coaching. I have trained to become a life coach and specialize in sex and relationships; however, I can coach you on any area of your life you need coaching.

— Deanna Potts, Clinical Social Worker in Fort Worth, TX

I believe we have all the tools we need to live the beautiful lives we want, but sometimes we need help in identifying those tools as well as feedback on how to use them in new ways. I love helping my clients identify their own unique strengths living out of that framework, instead of the old patterns that weren't serving them well.

— Lindsay Bong, Counselor in Portland, OR

I have been working with Millennials who are interested in entrepreneurship, and how to get started and the stress of making the decision to leave our career. Along with coaching I assist with developing communication skills, being assertive and setting boundaries.

— Teresa Meadows, Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

I've coached people in relaxation since I was 12 years old, before any of my professional trainings-you can say I'm a natural! In 2006, I went into a Neuro-Linguistic Programming coaching program and fell in love with the rapid changes the techniques could bring. I have been using conversational coaching techniques for over 13 years with co-workers and clients to create personal and professional successes. Coaching and healing are definitely my calling...

— Anya Mayer, Hypnotherapist in Portland, OR