Transformation Coaching Process
Transformation Coaching Process
Step 1: Schedule a Meet & Greet - Take advantage of an opportunity to meet and chat for 30 minutes. We can meet up at any location of your choosing - your home or work, my home office, over a coffee, or via FaceTime, This is an opportunity for both of us to see if we "vibe" together. Because this is a collaborative relationship, the better the fit, the more likely you get the results you want.
Step 2: Initial Appointment - In the first appointment we typically spend 1.5-2 hours together. During this time my goal is to get to know not only what you want to accomplish from working together, but also who you really are, what you're about & how you approach life.
Step 3: Goal & Timeline Setting - Our second official session is spent structuring our approach. We clearly define and outline goals and then create a tentative schedule for our work together. We also cope ahead for what could be your biggest obstacles in this process.
Step 4: We Get to Work - The rest of our time together is spent implementing your plan. Each session we check in on goals and homework assignments, problem solve areas that aren't working and refine our plan around what we've learned so far.
Step 5: Achieve Your Goals - When you take what we have discussed together and implement it in your life, change happens. You see the those elusive goals you may have always wished for actually coming within reach. That is the beauty of coaching - being able to use the power of connection and collaboration with another human being to achieve what you have struggled to on your own.
My coaching practice is the natural progression of my therapy practice as I have grown as a human being. Over the years I have become disillusioned with the mental health model and health care industry in general. My coaching practice draws upon all of the skills of my therapy practice, but allows the client and I more freedom to be relaxed and human. The dynamic is different. It's more casual & truthfully it more accurately fits my soul and my gifts. Coaching also allows clients more guaranteed privacy, as there is no mandated documentation or the creation or records that could be subpoenaed**.
What is Transformation Coaching?
Coaching is a collaboration of two souls. Those who are looking for coaching are often looking to achieve something that they absolutely know is within their capability but for whatever reason they have been unable to make happen on their own. Our specific style of Synergy Coaching incorporates DBT skills and strategies to help you learn to identify and then change ineffective behaviors in your life. As a coach I am your equal in this journey in life. You come to the table as the expert on your personal experience. While my expertise is in my ability to see deficits and help you create a framework for approaching areas where you consistently struggle. This approach is tailored to each clients specific needs, and I apply it to clients who are coming from all sorts of places from the CEO who is super high functioning at work but struggles in relationships with family to the person with multiple mental health diagnoses whose seen a half dozen therapists and never really felt better.
My Role as your Coach
As your coach I'm like the Robin to your Batman. I become your sidekick and pal to help you navigate this period in your life. I get to know you for who you really are. Which guess what? Happens to be one of my ninja-therapy skills that I'm really good at. And then we look at your goals together. It's my job to challenge you to think about things in a different way then you already do. Sometimes, I'll ask you to delve deeper below the surface to figure out the motivation behind an action or an unhelpful belief that is getting in your way. There will be assignments. Because change doesn't happen just from talking - change happens from doing. And guess what?! The bigger your goals, the more work you will have to put in between sessions to get them. I'll also be available to you to reach out for support or comfort when things get trying - think like a good friend or a grandma.
How is Coaching different from Psychotherapy?
Coaching differs from counseling in the type of relationship we have. In counseling, clients attend sessions with a medical provider who helps them to address mental health issues. Therapists are expected to be emotionally uninvolved and keep distance from their clients. Self disclosure is limited. In coaching we are just two people who come together with the same goal - to help you achieve whatever has brought you through my door. I'm not some cold expert on a couch, instead I am your mate on this journey.
How I Coach
As your coach, I ask questions, encourage, advise (a huge no-no in therapy), challenge, make requests and listen for your "essence." We work together to set plans of action, and then I provide accountability for follow through. My goal is to help you be consistent with who you are in terms of your goals, your values and your vision and your outcomes. My focus is on you, what you want and how you can best get it. In addition, you will learn the DBT skills so that you have a toolkit for understanding and maintaining control over your emotions.
Note Regarding HIPPA & Confidentiality
In Texas, the only legally privileged communication is between legal counsel and clients. Mental health records can be subpoenaed in a variety of situations - divorce, substance use, custody, assault, etc... The coaching paradigm offers a way to approach services without creating these documents.
Ready to Get Started?
Ready to Get Started?
I'd love to talk to you about DBT Transformation Coaching & how it may be a better fit for your needs than traditional therapy!