Dr. Lena's Life Coaching
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What is Life Coaching?

When you need to talk about it with an objective person.

When you need healing.

When you need a guide to get there.

In addition to being a life coach, I am also a Qualified Mental Health Professional in North Carolina with training and experience in diagnosing and treating emotional problems. While there are some similarities between coaching and psychotherapy, they are very different activities and it is important that you understand the differences between them.  I focus on healing and maintenance of the steps to get there.


Both coaching and psychotherapy utilize knowledge of human behavior, motivation and behavioral change, and interactive techniques. The major differences are in the goals, focus, and level of professional responsibility. My professional responsibility is to ensure you are provided with high quality life coaching activities and exercises and to maintain professionalism at all times.


The focus of coaching is development and implementation of strategies to reach client-identified goals of enhanced performance and personal satisfaction. Coaching may address specific personal projects, life balance, job performance and satisfaction, or general conditions in the client’s life, business, or profession. Coaching utilizes personal strategic planning, values clarification, brainstorming, motivational activities, and other techniques.


The relationship between the coach and client is specifically designed to avoid the power differentials that occur in the psychotherapy relationship. The client sets the agenda and the success of the enterprise depends on the client’s willingness to take risks and try new approaches. The relationship is designed to be more direct and challenging. You can count on your coach to be honest and straightforward, asking powerful questions and using challenging techniques to move you forward. You are expected to evaluate progress and when coaching is not working as you wish, you should immediately inform me so we can both take steps to correct the problem.


Positive change is difficult enough without having to worry about role confusion. This means that if either of us recognizes that you have a problem that would benefit from an intervention than I am not able to provide, I will refer you to appropriate resources.


It is also important to understand that life coaching is a professional relationship. This means that I will treat you with respect and dignity at all times, and I expect the same from you.


Reference:  Jarden, A., & Anticich, S. (2005). Clinical psychology and life coaching: Comparisons, contrasts, and 
opinions. New Zealand Clinical Psychologist, 15(1), 17-21