How to Choose a Therapist
Successful therapy requires a strong working relationship between you and your therapist. You must make sure you are comfortable enough to share your painful feelings with another person, and it has to be the right person for you.
Choosing a therapist is an important decision, and one that requires time and research. My advice is to visit several therapists for a full or short session to find a good fit. Take a list of questions to your exploratory session to gain a sense of how you and the therapist might work together. Finally, verify the therapist has all the credentials he/she claims to have.
Coaching vs. Therapy
Coaching, unlike therapy, is a goal-oriented pursuit. I am active in the process, giving directions and outlining options, and pushing clients to take the next step. In coaching, we’ll define a target, and set deliberate steps to achieve that target. You’ll have homework between sessions, and be expected to actively participate both within and outside of the weekly meetings.
Unlike therapy, which is more reactive and sometimes at a slower pace as dictated by the client, coaching is active and faster-paced. Therapy may be much slower paced – we’ll move where the conversation takes us. In therapy, a general direction or goal may be present, but it is a more of a “flowing and flowering” process. You may reach places in yourself you never knew existed!