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Coaching or Personal Therapy? How do I know what I need?

If you’re in a leadership role at work, this month’s tip is for you.

Your career is only as healthy as you are. Know when your job or business needs you to get some leadership coaching. And know when you, your business, or your family need you to hire a therapist for yourself.

If you’ve worked with a coach before, you know that they are great at helping you reach a goal. And they are also very good about telling you when they’re seeing an issue that needs therapy. How do they know?

Well they’re looking at whether the issue you’re facing is an outside issue, and inner issue, a present issue, or a past issue. Here are some examples to help you figure out what you need for yourself:

Hire a Coach When you’ve built a plan, executed it exactly as planned, and the outcome isn’t what you predicted.

Work with a Therapist When you’ve built a great plan, but failed to follow it, sabotaged it, or otherwise got in your own way.

Hire a Coach When you want some advice about a task you’ve never done before: hiring, firing, asking for a raise, leading meetings, etc. 

Work with a Therapist  When you want to stop struggling with your daily responsibilities: things you used to be able to do but can’t now, or are afraid to ask for help.

Hire a Coach When your business is experiencing a sudden change and you feel ready and willing to take on the challenge.

Work with a Therapist When your business is experiencing a sudden change and you feel totally overwhelmed and frozen.

Hire a Coach When you want a different position or totally different career than the one you have, and you know what that is.

Work with a Therapist When you know you’re totally over your current position, but you have no idea what you would do instead. You feel stuck. 

Hire a Coach When people forward useful information about your problem to you.

Work with a Therapist When people are too scared, uncomfortable, or hurt by your problem to make any direct suggestions to you.

See the difference?

We all benefit from advice to solve problems. But therapy is more than advice. It is a framework to help you understand why you do the things you do, and to help you connect with the wisdom of your emotions, without being controlled by your emotions.

Hardworking people, of all different backgrounds, ethnicities, and faiths, are more open than ever to doing their deep inner work, to reduce the self-sabotage and self-doubt they feel at every stage of their work.

I receive coaching, and I receive therapy. These are 2 different experiences, both incredibly valuable to me. I put a team of people around me to make sure that I’m good, so that I can help you stay good.

I’d like to invite you to do some intensive therapy work with me to break apart the old patterns, the overwhelm, and the temptation to slide into “quiet quitting.” And no, you don’t have to come to therapy every week for years before you see a benefit. You could get unstuck about something big in a couple weeks. Even over a weekend! Ask me how, then we can get started.

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