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Sometimes doing things on our own just doesn’t work. When an athlete wants to get to the next level of her sport, she finds a coach to help her see what she isn’t seeing, point out what needs to be fixed, and then help her take her game to the next level. Whether it’s support to keep her on track or new knowledge that improves her game, a coach is the mentor who knows how to help fix things.
Sometimes we might also need a coach to help us through life issues that face us, especially if what we’re doing so far isn’t getting us the results we want. Whether it’s the need for more focus and organization, deeper creativity and motivation, relationship skills and family issues, a coach who is also a psychotherapist can help you understand the underlying factors that keep you from finding balance in your life as well as achieving your goals.
Counseling and Coaching are different forms of personal transformation. Counseling explores the inner workings of your psyche, while coaching offers ways to change old habits that keep you stuck in your old story. But they can be used in a synergistic way to create amazing results, helping you transform both your inner and outer life so that you are living a life that makes you happy, is centered on the things you value, and which helps you discover your unique creative vision and contribution to our world.
Because of COVID’s disruption of our normal life, I’m seeing more issues in relationships and families. Relationship coaching offers help in overcoming old behavior patterns between partners that keep intimacy at bay. Unfortunately we’re not given an instruction manual for our relationships, and so we fall back into patterns we saw in our parents or which we developed in earlier relationships. But those patterns can be changed, and we can learn to relate from a deeper place of trust where we can be true to ourselves and still help meet the needs of our partner.
Often, when children are having trouble, the whole family needs to look at their behaviors and see how they contribute to some of that trouble. Kids need guidance but also understanding. Family coaching can help parents change family dynamics so kids feel safe to explore who they are. And kids can learn to respect their parents’ hard work in keeping them safe and secure.
Do I need counseling or coaching? Is this right for me? You may have some questions as to what this is all about and why you should care. Take a look at some frequently asked questions answered by Cathy Pagano herself!