I have been thinking of this idea for some time… Therapy, Counseling and Coaching, all these words by definition can mean so much to specific individuals or be needed for specific reasons. One might be compelled to reach out for a therapist for couples communication, or maybe feel safer around asking a coach for advice on a career change. As an individual trained by a division I coach playing hockey I can identify with the coach; as a clinically trained therapist I can also understand my skill sets as a clinical practicing therapist. Putting all this aside what I feel is the most important is meeting you on your side and empathically listening to your needs. The following is information about what I do with the Healingsoulsllc.com vision.
How do Therapy and Coaching Work?
The decision to see a therapist or coach is a very personal one. People realize that therapy or coaching can involve looking closely at yourself, your situation and the people around you. For some people, this can be very difficult at first, but the rewards are immeasurable. Having an expert psychologist to work with you in this process is an invaluable asset. This work helps people to enhance and maintain their physical and mental health, and promote honesty, intimacy and fulfillment in their lives.
It is important to understand that counseling and coaching differ from friendship. As a highly trained therapist, I work to guide you to find insight and solutions to problems that are keeping you from reaching your full potential. During a session you and I together will do the hard work that will lead you to the answers that are already inside of you. My clinical training enables me to challenge and support you in ways that your friends cannot. Often just telling someone who is not otherwise involved in your life about your goals and the pain or challenges you have can be very liberating, especially in the context of a supportive and therapeutic relationship.
Everything you say in our sessions will be kept confidential. The only exceptions are when there is a danger that you may harm yourself or someone else, or in active cases of abuse. If you are involved in the abuse of someone in your care or if you are being abused, I am obligated by law to disclose that information to the appropriate authorities. However, those types of situations are rare. Most people find it a great relief to have a safe space where they are able to share whatever they like without being judged and rest assured that it will remain confidential.
What Happens in a Typical Therapy or Coaching Session?
What happens in your session will be shaped by your particular needs. There are two main ways to approach: structured or open-ended. Ryan will work with you to determine the best approach for your situation. The structured approach below generally is best for coaching, and some combination of the two approaches often works best for therapy.
Open-ended Sessions: Some people work towards the solutions best by having a weekly appointment and sharing whatever is on their mind in an open-ended way. This facilitates awareness and personal growth. Ryan will provide space to explore whatever you are experiencing in the moment, and provide guidance to consider your thoughts and feelings in ways that foster insight.