Do you know the difference between coaching and therapy?

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The truth is we can all benefit from a little support sometimes to help us become the parents we want to be.

When our child is angry, anxious or frustrated and goes from zero to a hundred in a millisecond, it’s easy for parents to feel overwhelmed.

When emotions are running rampant and our kids throw epic tantrums -screaming, kicking and hitting, it’s easy to get triggered and activated by their behavior. We feel annoyed and irritated with our child. Or it’s reasonable to feel helpless and confused, not knowing how to handle these incessant situations.

Sometimes parenting feels like it’s JUST TOO MUCH!  

You know you need help but how do you know if it’s therapy or coaching help you need? 

What’s the difference?

Conventional therapy is typically based in pathology. Therapy requires a diagnosis, and generally focuses a lot on the past. A therapist will allow time for you to retell your story and analyze your past in order to diagnose a problem, issue, or trauma that needs to be healed. Weeks, months or sometimes years of therapy will provide you with the tools and support you need to unpack your past experiences and analyze unhealthy patterns that aren’t serving you well. Therapy can help you gain insight, freedom or the forgiveness you need in order to let go of the past and move on in life in a healthier way.

Traditional therapy unquestionably has its place and can be wonderful and helpful if you’re in deep pain.

Coaching on the other hand has no diagnosis of illness and is not about painful stories from the past. Coaching focuses more on personal development and transforming lives. Coaches help clients build the skills they need to enhance their happiness, relationships, careers or business. The area of your life you are looking to improve determines the type of coach you’ll hire.  

A coach will help you design and create the results in your life you would love to have. They’ll help you identify current problematic behaviors that are holding you back and will help you modify these old non-productive patterns and behaviors and guide you toward implementing new, more effective tools, where you’re better able to move through the difficulties you’re experiencing and achieve different results - building a life, relationship, or career that is greater and better than what you had before.

Coaching is about moving forward and investing in you and your self-development Hands down the best investment there is to be made!

When it comes to parenting this means reflecting on our own behaviors and being willing to grow ourselves as we’re raising our children.

Parent Coaching should be tailored to each individual family. I help empower parents to make changes by providing personalized support, education, strategies and encouragement. Coaching with me parents learn and understand their triggers and behaviors and they get to fully know and understand their child’s triggers and the reasons behind their behaviors. It’s important for me to help parents recognize why their child behaves the way they do and how to respond effectively.

With new knowledge and understanding my work is to guide parents in loving their children unconditionally and parenting them more carefully, thoughtfully and deliberately through all the different stages of early child development.

More than anything I want my clients to be able to show up as the parent you want to be, and I want your whole family to reap the benefits of your good parenting.

There unquestionably is some cross over between therapy and coaching and the two can work very well together.  Although I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, I no longer provide mental health therapy. When coaching if I feel something in a parent’s past is preventing them from functioning well in their life today, I make a recommendation for therapy and advise them in getting the additional help and support needed.

If you want to learn more about how I can help you, or if you want to schedule a free phone conversation to see if my coaching is right for your family, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Your child’s potential is limitless. Their success begins with you.

Your parenting counts!

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