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It is not uncommon when faced with what appears to be an insurmountable change of circumstance to feel overwhelmed or helpless. This can be a sudden change in career, the unforeseen end of a relationship, death of a loved one, or some other traumatic event that has left you feeling alone, sad or unworthy of happiness.

People seek counseling who suffer from depression or a deep sense of feeling blue are unable to get a grip on the everyday activities or have the inability to find any reasonable sense of joy in life.

One may discover that they are feeding their lack of self esteem with bad food, drugs, alcohol, excessive sleep or may be struggling with addictions either on a short-term or long-term basis.

licensed-professional-counselor-peer-counselor-lay-counselor-life-coach-consultant-choices-challenges-changesAnother reason to seek counseling would be to the realization that you are not the person that you want to be or living the life that you had previously envisioned for yourself.

Counseling can help one to get a grip on their current state of affairs and map a course to recovery or increase happiness, higher personal performance or satisfaction.

Those seeking to deal with life’s challenges, choices or changes will see out a professional counselor, peer counselor, life coach or consultant to get them from here to there.

Becoming a counselor

There are two reasons to become a counselor or coach. The first is that it is a sensible business model and opportunities abound for counselors to help people deal with their life’s issues.

The other is that you already are – and have always been – a counselor or people helper. It’s who you are, these attributes are an integral part of your DNA and counseling is a key component in your life’s calling.

If you came to this planet with the purpose to help others, you achieve a high degree of satisfaction from helping others overcome life’s obstacles.

You may also have experienced particular life circumstances with a high degree of success and are driven to help others who may be facing obstacles similar to the ones that you had to navigate.

Professional counseling

Professional counselors are state-licensed mental health counselors trained in traditional psychotherapy treatment models that in most cases require an advanced training program or masters degree. In most cases licensed professional counselors serve an apprenticeship and pass a state exam prior to licensure.

The men and women who are led to seek out processional counseling as a career are highly academic and approach counseling from a clinical perspective.

Restrictions abound as licensed professional counselors are controlled by numerous state and federal laws that constrict the performance of their duties with the intent of offering a level of protection to both the practitioner and the patient.

Professional organizations have been created to offer membership to practitioners who ascribe to a certain menu or codes and/or ethics in the performance of their duties as a licensed professional counselor.

Peer counseling

Peer counseling is simply one person with or without formal training helping another person out. This can look like a number of different people-helping activities; like counseling, coaching, consulting, mentoring or acting as an accountability partner.

A peer counselor is a person of similar social status who is knowledgeable in a particular area and from whom another person can learn from the experience of the peer counselor.

Some states have certification process for peer counselors, some do not. Check local and state codes. If you are certified by the state you would be considered a “Certified Peer Counselor,” in contrast to just a peer counselor.

In a peer counseling relationship, the peer counselor has the utmost empathy with the ability to say, “I know how you feel because I’ve been there myself.” It is the unique and specialized experience that qualifies the peer with the ability to be or particular value to other people facing the same challenges.

If you participate as a peer counselor, be careful about referring to yourself as a counselor as the title of counselor is often protected and regulated by the state.

Peer counselors work with their peers, adults and youth, and the parents of children to subsidize ongoing mental health services.

Executive Business Coaching

What can you expect when deciding to enter into a coaching relationship with an executive business coach?

Executive-business-coaching-olympia-life-coachIf you’re looking for an executive business coach, you already have an idea, most likely, because you find yourself in the gap; the gap between where you are and where you’d like to see yourself in your business, organization or team. Through the combined efforts of you, your mind, passion and commitment and the skills of a professional business life coach, you can overcome obstacles, navigate ever-changing landscapes and learn to capture and dominate opportunities that may have otherwise been missed.

This professional growth, in many cases, necessitates change. One must be willing to adapt to your environment in such a way to optimize your human potential and achieve high levels of success in your area(s) of pursuit.

It is not enough to be willing to adapt and change; you must be committed to change. This is to say, that your change must be genuine and approached with strength and honor. Working in tandem with your executive business coach, you can make the changes necessary – right down to the core of your being – to propagate your path to success, if you take the appropriate action steps.

The first step is to partner with your personal success coach who becomes your accountability partner. Executive business coaching is a coach/client relationship that equips you with an effective sounding board which will help you to attain reach higher levels of performance, increased job satisfaction, personal growth, and career development.

The executive coach is your GPS, helping you navigate your professional self, managing relationships and personal or professional branding, while advancing your business or career, helping you to finely hone your skills as you find that which your seek. All Olympia Life Coaches are certified in corporate stress management and corporate life coaching, while maintaining the highest levels of confidentiality for your protection.

For many years, our corporate coaches have been working with CEOs, senior executives, entrepreneurs, mentors, authors and others who desire to achieve their full potential and maximized quality of life, offering personal support and feedback. Our small business coach works in tandem with small business men and women, targeting the challenges of reducing financial and personal investments and increasing profit while increasing professional performance, developing public persona and balancing one’s professional and private life.

If you’re ready to take massive action and control of your professional and financial destiny, seeking a certified business coach can be the best action that you take, especially if you are interested in increasing your personal and professional performance. A professional life coach can assist you in areas of career transition, interpersonal and professional communication, organizational effectiveness, managing career and personal changes, developing executive presence, enhancing strategic thinking, dealing effectively with conflict, and building an effective team within an organization.

How long does the personal development coaching relationship last? Traditionally, depending on the defined goals of the client, the relationship lasts seven to twelve months; some shorter, some longer.

How much will it cost me? The cost range of an executive business coach varies, depending of the type and style of coach required to get you from where you are to where you need to be. It may make more sense to ask yourself, “How much will it cost me, not to hire a coach?”

In the event that you do not partner with a coach to achieve the results that you desire, there remains a likelihood, that you may not be able to bob and weave, in a way to win your prize fight. Even though an executive life coach can cost up to $3,500 an hour, Olympia Life Coach has options that are appropriate for you and the attainment of the achievements in store for you.

Call us at 206-395-4870 and we will match you with the right coach that can help you along your desired professional life’s journey.