Many of Ellen’s clients are not in need of psychotherapy, but instead benefit from personal growth or life coaching. They may not be suffering from a clinical, diagnosable mental condition, but may need assistance in navigating situational challenges in life. According to Wikipedia, “Coaching is a teaching or training process in which an individual gets support while learning to achieve a specific personal or professional result or goal.” Coaching differs from therapy in that coaching is more concerned with specific situations in the present moment. While it may be important to look at the past, Coaching is about taking action and moving forward, enhancing performance and seeking solutions in a given area. Coaching clients generally do not suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder.
Ironically, change is the only real constant in our lives. We are continually presented with opportunities to grow and change. Our circumstances change. People change. Jobs and careers change. We move or retire. We age. Children grow up and leave home. We grieve. Often change occurs when we least expect it. Life is like that. Just when life seems stable and calm, something out of our control intervenes, sometimes sending us into emotional turmoil. The Rev. Scott Stoner tells us “Change is inevitable, growth is optional.” Life is not so much what happens to us, but how we cope. We call this resiliency. Coaching helps enhance our resiliency.
As a Life Coach, or Personal Growth Coach, Ellen Harris partners with her clients, using coaching techniques, to gain clarity and take action as they identify their desires and set and achieve their goals.
Issues addressed in Life Coaching include but are not limited to: