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What is my life going to look like in recovery?
Most addicts struggle to let go of control, believing they must be “in-control” to be safe. Sobriety and/or early recovery provides an honest opportunity to look at yourself with the reality that the addiction has complete control over your life. Many are afraid of what their life may be like with recovery, and they fear facing the pain they have been running from. While there is no certainty what your recovered life will look like; freedom, peace, fellowship, and happiness are likely gained with honest dedication, adequate support, and leaning-in to God’s will. Most who experience the joys of recovery, experience a new strength and curiosity to know God, oneself, and loved ones in a more meaningful way. While recovery will have challenges, a life lived with integrity while being fully present, produces self-respect and compassion. Recovery is reclaiming who you are at your core and who you are created to be. Your life experiences have altered the way you interact with yourself and the world. God is calling you to be who He created you to be!
If my partner is an addict why do I need healing or recovery?
When someone is in a relationship with an addict, their lives are impacted. You may be experiencing PTSD as a result of the attachment trauma you experienced. Addiction creates an environment of “crazy-making,” and the instability and consequences endured by partners and families is often traumatizing. Your body, mind and soul absorb the impact of addiction and you may cope in ways that harm you. Addicts often lie or manipulate and control others during active addiction. This leaves loved ones confused and disorientated, with a distorted reality or lost sense of self. Depending on where you are in your journey, you may want clarity on what steps are needed to heal. Partners of addicts deserve healing and freedom to be who they are at their core before addiction altered how they interact with themselves and the world. God is calling you to be healthy, and I believe you are worthy of a life well lived.
How is Coaching different than therapy?
Therapy focuses on diagnosing and treating mental health. Many see a therapist initially to heal from trauma or to treat anxiety, depression, or disordered and compulsive behaviors. A psychologist, psychiatrist, and therapist can assess individuals for diagnosis and treatment. Coaching focuses on moving forward and achieving goals. Professional life coaches work with clients to get unstuck and replace unhelpful habits with healthy alternatives. Life coaching often focuses on empowerment and motivation. Coaches support clients to discern personal values and goals, and to develop a strategy to honor and achieve them. Whether you feel stuck discerning major life choices, the next chapter in your life, or finding greater purpose and meaning, coaching could be for you. Some coaches have specific certifications providing the appropriate knowledge and training to support specific issues. I offer specialized support with a trauma focus, aimed at healing and growing. Please see the services tab to learn more about my areas of focus.
How does coaching compliment therapy?
Therapy may address past hurt or trauma and/or it may be treating mental health concerns. Life coaching provides additional support to compliment your therapy work or mental health counseling. Meeting once weekly with a therapist may not be enough support in the early stages of addiction recovery or trauma healing. Therapy may help you work on your past, this can also uncover a great deal of suppressed pain. Life coaching can offer added emotional support and direction to enhance profound healing. Additionally, therapy may highlight areas of your life in need of change. You may be wrestling with old beliefs that prevent you from proactively taking steps towards healthier living. Transitions can be difficult, change can be daunting; thus, having a trusted companion on your journey, providing plenty of encouragement can be especially valuable. Some clients may find me before they find a therapist. If additional care is needed, I can offer resources for therapeutic treatment options nationwide.
Do you only coach women?
My work is in response to my personal calling to help women. Furthermore, compulsive and problematic behaviors are not limited to one gender. I predominately coach women; however, I also coach male partners who wish to heal from betrayal trauma. I also welcome men who wish to participate as a couple in areas of, life transitions, postpartum adjustment and relationship healing. A healthy couple-ship is only possible with two healthy individuals. I encourage both partners to face their individual issues and to strive for their own personal growth. Often, when one partner changes, it inspires change in the other partner. Couples with individual healing who are stiving for an improved connection, may a benefit from coaching to address topics such as empathy or intimacy. Ultimately, we are responsible for our own health and we can only change ourselves. You can choose to heal and grow, you are worth it!
Does health insurance cover life coaching?
Health insurance does not cover coaching. Mental health therapy is often considered health care for an illness/diagnosis. Coaching is not meant to treat an illness; therefore, it is not typically covered by health insurance.
What payment method is accepted?
I accept all major credit cards. I use Stripe to protect your financial information. You will be charged the session fee upon booking your session. You pay as you go for individual sessions, and group fees are paid in full. However, you may make payments on group rates.
How can we do sessions if I live in another state?
A benefit of coaching is the ability to provide sessions over the phone or through on-line video. Your session can be done in the convenience of your own home or in a private setting of your choice. We can have your sessions from anywhere in the world, in either platform you prefer. Video sessions provide similar experiences as in-person sessions, allowing me to see you and connect to your expressions and body language.
Is my personal information protected?
Yes, any information you share will be protected. Your intake paperwork will include a confidentiality agreement. All written notes are kept in a locked filing system and I use a secure email and voice mail to ensure privacy and identity protection. You may sign a consent form or Release of Information, permitting me to speak with anyone else on your behalf. I will honor any communication precautions necessary for your safety. Anonymity is honored in all group settings.