Life Coach San Diego

Life Coaching

Some of my clients benefit from “Life Coaching” or “Life Counseling” as a means to identify and achieve personal goals in various areas of life including business and relationships.

Life coaching is situational in nature—at certain times in our lives, we may benefit from outside perspective and/or help establishing a “game plan” to move from feeling “stuck” to “unstuck.” For instance, you may be someone who at this point in your life—in your career or relationships–wants to improve your self-confidence, reach specific personal or professional goals, maybe overcome a specific barrier to your personal or professional growth, resolve conflict(s), and/or advance your career.

And you may find that examining the issue(s) behind being “stuck” is not enough. You may find that, having identified and removed a barrier and gotten “unstuck,” you could use some help moving forward and being held accountable for achieving milestone goals and objectives. This is where life coaching and life counseling come into play.

And for me, it is important your life coach also be qualified as a therapist. Life coaches have at times come under attack for extending their influence with clients beyond their areas of training and certification–for instance, counseling on marriage, family, or relationship issues without a psychotherapy or marriage and family therapy (MFT) degree. I have an MA in psychotherapy and am a registered MFT Intern. (I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.)

My view is this: The problem with life coaching absent a degree in psychological counseling is you and your coach may define goals that are inappropriate based on their timing and/or your circumstances without a deeper knowledge of your life experiences and potential. My 20+ years of experience in corporate development combined with an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy enable me to help my clients identify appropriate professional, personal, and interpersonal goals along with proven techniques for addressing emotional or mental barriers preventing forward advancement and progress.

With respect to professional relationships in particular:

I provide individual counseling for improved work relationship results. Work relationships can cause stress affecting not only your work performance, job satisfaction and “promotability,” but many other areas of your life as well, including your physical health and relationships outside of work. Signs of job stress can vary from person to person, depending on the particular situation, how long the individual has been subjected to the stressors, and the intensity of the stress itself. Some symptoms of job stress you may be experiencing include, but are not limited to:

  • Absenteeism
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Extreme anger and frustration
  • Family conflict
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of mental concentration
  • Physical illnesses such as heart disease, migraine, headaches, stomach problems, and back problems
  • Substance abuse

Markers indicating your work relationships may be out of balance include:

  • Feeling burned out
  • Most everyone you know thinks you’ve got everything together, when inside you feel like you are falling apart
  • No matter how hard you try you overwhelmingly feel like nothing ever seems to be “good enough”
  • Others tell you they know you can do it, but deep down you’re left wondering if you can
  • You have been passed over for promotion time and time again though you believe you are capable and qualified

Think of the financial and emotional price your being “stuck” is costing you. Life coaching and life counseling are ways to take specific action to get where you want to be—financially, personally, professionally.