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…
LMHC is a professional license governed by the Florida Department of Health that requires a Master’s Degree in Counseling, and many, many hours of professional supervision. A person who pursues this path, in my opinion, has a love and passion for helping people – so much so that spend a LOT of time and money to obtain the necessary qualifications to help people! 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.
On the other hand, Life Coaching is an unregulated profession. Some Life Coaches have extensive training and personal experience in their coaching area (ex: ADHD Coaching or Teen Life Coaching) while others do not. When I initially became a BCC, it was 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
Signature Coaching Program Coming Soon…
A Christian-Based Personal Development & Career Fulfillment Coaching Program
Redefining Self is a Christian-based personal development and career fulfillment coaching program that takes an innovative approach to understanding ourselves and the world of work. Traditional theories of career development primarily focus on matching personality traits with vocational factors. While personality is an important aspect to consider, Redefining Self focuses on Holy Spirit direction in understanding our purpose in life. When we trust in the Lord with all our heart, and lean not on our own understanding, and when we acknowledge Him in all our ways, God makes our paths straight.
Redefining Self helps individuals develop a mindset to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. The two foundational beliefs of this program are (1) our career does not take the place of our identity, and (2) our ultimate purpose is to be in union with the one and only living God. We believe a person’s identity and purpose can only be found in Jesus Christ.
Redefining Self encourages Christians to STOP wasting their time and START cultivating their relationship with God NOW. Career anxiety is on the rise! Endless possibilities, the fear of missing out (FOMO) and thoughts of never having enough can relentlessly invade a person’s mind. This is NOT God’s plan for our lives. The peace of God comes when we walk forward in faith, believing that God has a hope and future for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). As we move forward in faith, “He establishes our steps” (Proverbs 16:9). God encourages his people to “not be anxious for anything” (Philippians 4:6) and cautions us that “unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted (Psalm 127:1).”
Redefining Self helps individuals access the power of the Holy Spirit through spiritual and narrative counseling techniques such as mindful meditation, transformational prayer, reflective journaling and an assortment of rich, interactive activities. Whether you are a high school student contemplating your future, a young adult seeking employment, a middle-aged adult changing career paths or a retired person wanting to stay connected to community, Redefining Self offers an honest and refreshing way to find direction and meaning in your life.
By: Cherie Burgess, M.Ed, RMHCI, NCC, BCC
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