How a Psychologist Got into Coaching
It was Time for Change
I had been in private practice for over ten years. While I enjoyed my clients and my work with them, I found myself yearning to do something new and different. I had reached "success" in my career but oddly, I now found myself yearning for a new challenge. It was at this time that I met a fellow psychologist looking to sell his therapy practice and start a new career path. I didn't realize that by taking over his practice, I would also find a new passion.
How Coaching Found Me
I was naturally curious as to why someone with over 20 years of training in psychology would be willing to sell his practice and head for Colorado to start a new career. I didn't know of any other psychologists making sudden changes in their career, and especially one that I had never heard of. It was then that he introduced me to a new field of advanced communication skills called "coaching," one that would later change my life. All I knew was that I was deeply intrigued by the possibility of working with my clients in a new, less formal and more forward-thinking way.
From Functional to Extraordinary
In therapy, I work with clients to move through dysfunctional conditioning into functional living. We deal a lot with what happened in the past and it's affect on their everyday choices. In coaching, I work with healthy, functional people who simply want more out of their life — be it professional or personal goals. Instead of reflecting on the past, I can now work with individuals who are already feeling positively motivated and want support in designing a future that would feel extraordinary.
Flexing New Muscles
In coaching, I found that I was able to use abilities that I had never used in my therapeutic sessions. While the majority of coaches are not Ph.D.-credentialed, my type of coaching client tends to appreciate my professional background and experience. My coaching clients are not looking for therapeutic support, but they do enjoy the comfort of discussing important issues in their life with a qualified expert in human behavior. This has given me the opportunity to share more of myself, be more myself and in the end that has made feel much happier in my life.
Working Smarter, Living Better
Balancing a private practice of therapy and coaching sessions has added so many positive dimensions into my life. I now have a professional outlet that allows me to feel more self-actualized (I know, it's therapy talk, what can I say! Read "Self Expressed") and that makes me a better husband, father and friend. I feel more professionally fulfilled as I now have different ways of working with people. And you can imagine, working with forward-thinking individuals is energizing and refreshing after all these years in clinical psychology. I'm always learning new skills, going to conferences, meeting like-minded professionals, and I can now bring all that I learn back into my coaching practice. The bottom line, I just have much more energy and enthusiasm for my life and my career.