Therapy is for relief from psychological and emotional pain. Some of the tools of therapy may seem similar to coaching, but coaching tools are not to be used instead of therapy. The majority of people can benefit from both therapy and coaching. Therapy can be more past oriented, while coaching focuses on here and now. In therapy, the clinician is the expert and has a responsibility to the client. The therapist is licensed and must maintain ethical guidelines of his/her state or certifying board.
Sponsorship is within the structure of 12 Step Fellowships. A sponsor's job is to take a sponsee through the 12 Steps. Sponsors are not therapist or coaches. Sponsors do the work they do to help maintain their own sobriety, as well as to work the 12th Step of carrying the message of the fellowship. The sponsor is another person who works his/her own program of recovery, and should, in most cases, also have a sponsor.
Recovery coaches focus on helping coaching clients address problems in the here and now. Recovery coaches are brought on board to facilitate action and boost the client's commitment to recovery as a whole. Coaching is based on partnership. You, the client, are the expert, and the coach is your supporter who has skills and tools for helping you fine tune what you are currently doing.
In the ABLE Life Recovery coaching program, you get a person in long-term recovery; a licensed psychotherapist; and a sponsor/sponsee in multiple programs! I will only engage in one type of service with you at a time: therapy or coaching, you decide. I believe my wide range of skills and expertise as an addiction specialist can help elevate your program and power it up to your level of expectation!
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