MEET OUR COACHES
HI! I’m Cherie.
I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and
Board Certified Coach (BCC)
The question I often get asked is this, “What’s the difference between counseling and life coaching?”
In a nutshell, here is my answer…
Life coaching is not therapy.
If you start the process of life coaching, and have not resolved a past issue, then we will want to switch your service from “Life Coaching” to “Therapy”. It is very common for unresolved traumas to stop us from getting what we want in our lives, therefore, if there are underlying issues of trauma then therapy will be the best intervention for you. Also, if you struggle with issues of anxiety, depression, fear, alcohol/drugs and other addictions that get in the way of your mental, physical and social health, then you will need to consider therapy instead of life coaching.
Life coaches focus on the present and the client’s goals for the future. Life Coaches help people move forward and set personal and professional goals that will give them the life they really want. Most life coaching clients are healthy, successful people who might be a bit stuck or simply want to make a big change in their lives and want the support of their own personal coach to do so.
Also, Life Coaching is not a regulated profession.
Mental Health Counseling is a professional license governed by the State Department of Health that requires a Master’s Degree in Counseling, and many, many hours of professional supervision. Counselors vary on their counseling philosophies and approaches, therefore, it’s important to find out what theoretical approach they hold so that, as a client, you can be sure it matches your personality and values.
While Life Coaching is an unregulated profession, some Life Coaches have extensive training and personal experience in their coaching area (ex: Health Coaching, ADHD Coaching, Business Coaching, etc…). I initially became a Board Certified Coach (BCC) because I wanted to do ADHD Coaching. I worked as a School Counselor and had years of experience working with children and families struggling with executive functioning weaknesses. I also had experience parenting two of my own children diagnosed with ADHD. I understood the struggles that both children and parents face around these issues, and I wanted to help them so they did not have to struggle the way I struggled as a parent.
I started Grow & Go ADHD Coaching in 2013 and began working part-time as an ADHD Coach. I love the private practice so much that I decided to expand into several areas of Life Coaching and took the additional coursework I needed to become a LMHC.
Today, I work full-time as a Mental Health Specialist for Lake County Schools, and I work part-time in my private practice.
It is imperative for consumers to research their perspective life coach and ask lots of questions.
Here are four essential questions you may want to ask a prospective life coach:
Why did you choose to become a Life Coach?
What professional training and/or experience do you have in your field?
How will your services help me, and how do we monitor progress?
Who do you refer to when you see that your clients may need a more therapeutic approach?
Meet Skylar, our Teen Life Coach/Mentor.
Skylar is a spiritually mature young woman who has endured five years of severe debilitating illness. Through countless doctors’ appointments and surgeries, she was told there was no hope. But God is a miracle-working God and His love never quits! Skylar and her family refused to give up hope and found an alternative treatment program that rejuvenated her life. Skylar is completely healed! Skylar’s illness brought her her closer to God, and today she strives to touch the hearts of others who are in the midst of illness or recovering from illness. Skylar also understands how debilitating depression and anxiety can be, and she longs to help people grow into the wonderful people God has created them to be.
Sometimes, teens just need someone to talk to.
Topics like conflict resolution, bullying, social media, relationship building, confidence and self-esteem, study skills, academic motivation, peer pressure and coping with stress can be handled by a trained peer coach.
Skylar is a Certified Adolescent Life Coach through the Adolescent Life Coaching Center in Orlando, Florida.
ADULT LIFE COACHING CLIENTS
If you are a new client who will be receiving adult life coaching services, please click on the Welcome Flyer below and complete the Coaching Intake Form and Agreement and Informed Consent Form before our first session.
Adult Life Coaching – 50 Minute Sessions for $75
TEEN LIFE COACHING CLIENTS (ages 12 – 18)
If you are a new client who will be receiving teen life coaching services, please click on the Welcome Flyer below and complete the Coaching Intake Form and Agreement and Informed Consent Form before our first session.
Teen Life Coaching – 50 Minute Sessions for $40