“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.” -Pete Carroll
I have gotten the question: “How can coaching help me with what I am dealing with in my life and career, that makes it worth investing money into?” You may think, “There’s resources out there and I am smart and savvy. What difference would spending an hour or two with you make?”
Put simply, it’s the way to get to the next level in an area of your life in an accelerated way, because it can help you get from point A to point C when point B is something that you’ve struggled with or have become stuck in some way. It’s about support and a plan. It’s when point B isn’t easily resolvable, or has lasting consequences. Maybe it’s something that will take a long time to accomplish on your own–such as trying to start in a private or group practice or increase your caseload.
Maybe point B is getting stuck in a job that isn’t fulfilling or even toxic. Maybe it’s figuring out what to do with your career–which direction to go. Maybe it’s feeling like you may give up on the field altogether, and you want to make a more informed decision and know what your options are. Or maybe it’s figuring out how to develop a niche and increase your caseload in a private (or group) practice. Maybe point B is a lack of money and you need to figure out what you can do to maximze your income.
Specifically for pre- and provisionally-licensed therapists and counselors, coaching with me can help you uncover any blocks you have that are holding you back. It may be getting new knowledge you need to accomplish your next goal. It may be talking through a decision you’re trying to make, where I can help you make the most informed decision possible weighing the pros and cons and attuning to what your needs and desires are.
It can be helping you see any blind spots or areas where I can see you’re limiting yourself or unknowingly contributing to a problem or area of stuckness–we all have ways we can tend to self sabotage, and we can’t always see the forest through the trees on our own. It may also mean helping you to see external areas of your life, like other people and situations you’re in that are contributing to a problem.
As a career coach, I bring all of my combined skills and experience to the table when we work together! Though I don’t diagnose or treat mental health disorders during my coaching, I do bring those skills of attunement and compassionate support. And I can certainly delineate where therapy may help you versus coaching. Likewise, many therapists won’t venture into the coaching realm of providing direction and information to help you make better decisions and overcome areas that are keeping you stuck. You might be surprised at how quickly coaching helps you with something you’ve been hemming and hawing over for months. That’s because in my coaching I’m freed up to be entirely direct and clear with you, so sometimes 1 to 2 sessions is all it takes to accomplish your coaching goal.
I understand the landscape of our mental health field and I am experienced at helping you gain clarity, a plan of action, and a feeling of being equipped and empowered to forge ahead. I do this by honing in and generating conversation that can lead to personal breakthroughs, a career plan and pragmatic to-dos that you may not learn anywhere else, because it’s totally personalized to you and where you are at in your worklife.
Here’s Jaclyn S. feedback: “I really appreciated the support. I was feeling hopeless about my career. From speaking with you I was able to feel more hopeful. I am appreciative of all the valuable feedback and tools. When I started my career I didn’t realize it would be this confusing and you are very knowledgeable about options that can help me feel less stuck in my career. I am very impressed with the work you are doing to help people find hope and options. What was most helpful of all was that you are very supportive and understanding. Second, all of the tools and advice you are able to provide.”
Tyra Butler is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Founder of the Early Career Clinician Community so be sure to sign up for her email list and grab your free copy of the “Pre-Licensed Guide to Success: How to Ensure You Get Licensed,” where she gives some of her best tips to succeed (Join the Facebook group here). She has been in private practice for nine years, with 14 years in mental health and business. She works with pre-, provisionally-licensed and early career therapists to help them find paid work, start and grow their practices and make important decisions and career moves in community mental health. She offers coaching and consultation, and as a professional writer she helps therapists create and write web site and marketing content.
If you’re interested in chatting with me about your personal situation, please send me a message here and I will get you on the schedule over the next couple weeks. Please note, only evening appointments (Pacific time) are open at this time.