The biggest distinction in working with me in this capacity is that I am not treating a mental health diagnosis for the people I work with. Based on my specialty, we will be working on the sole capacity of improving your self-understanding and education around self-harm and personality temperaments. Our work will not include a thorough diagnostic mental health assessment of your own needs, nor the needs of your adolescent in this capacity. However, based on my knowledge and training as a licensed clinical professional mental health therapist, I am well equipped to identify when therapy is a more appropriate service for your needs and am ethically bound to advise this when it applies.
Coaching focuses on identifying measurable and specific goals and working towards meeting these goals without delving into the past behaviors or experiences that have made these goals unattainable so far. Coaching is appropriate for you if you are motivated for change, you know where you want to be, and you want support along the way.
In seeking therapy, clients are often unaware of the root cause of their challenges, need support to build self-awareness, and can be unhappy with many aspects of their lives. When seeking coaching, clients are generally happy, feel capable in multiple avenues of their lives, and struggle to move forward in a particular life area.