Next Level Coaching

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Are you or someone you know feeling complacent or stuck in your recovery? Does your life or that of another feel out of balance? Do you or someone you know have life goals beyond recovery that you/they want to pursue, but don’t know where to begin?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Next Level Coaching may be the right fit for you or someone you may know.  Next Level Coaching is intended for individuals in stable and long-term recovery from addiction and mental health issues who want to work on goals beyond or including enhancing their recovery.  Sarah integrates her personal and professional expertise to support coaching clients in examining various domains of their lives and in obtaining the skills and organization necessary to achieve and maintain gains.  Individuals must be abstinent from substances for at least 2 years and stable in their mental health and medication compliance.  Additionally, clients who do not have addiction or mental health conditions may also be appropriate referrals. Coaching clients should be self-motivated towards change and willing to take action in their lives and work towards coaching goals.  Potential area of change may include, self-care, spiritual, vocation/education, interpersonal, recovery, life purpose, home environment, balance and organization.

Behavioral, spiritual, cognitive, motivational and 12-Step based strategies will be utilized, but this is not clinical mental health counseling. Individuals can continue to see a therapist and psychiatrist while engaging in coaching, but it is requested that a release is signed so that there can be communication with their existing providers.  

The intake process will begin with a 1-1.5 hour initial skype consultation to determine goals and to confirm that this form of coaching will be appropriate.  Follow-up sessions are 50 minutes and will be conducted via phone and relevant coaching material will be emailed to clients. 

What is the difference between therapy and coaching?  Mental health counseling focuses on observing and diagnosing pathology, addressing past trauma, treating addiction, adjustment, mood, personality, behavior and learning disorders, identifying and resolving family systems issues.  Coaching relies on a level of client wellness and mental health symptom remission that allows for behavioral and goal-oriented action that is not rooted in the treatment of disorders. Coaching can also be more directive and less neutral than some forms of therapy. Please visit my PsychologyToday.com blog for more on this topic.

For inquiries, please email Sarah Benton at sarah@bentonbhc.com.