A few words about levels of care or focus of services: Counseling, Coaching, Spiritual Direction, Supervision and Consultation.
I am a licensed psychotherapy practitioner in Colorado holding both a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as a Certified Addictions Counselor – Level 3 credential. (Reference the list of experience and credentials below) I was trained under a National Institute of Mental Health Traineeship as a Psychiatric Social Worker. As such I am trained to work with persons who have mental health or addiction disorders, assisting in the process of returning to health or managing and maintaining ongoing conditions in the best possible state of health and function.
Insurance – I am a participant (contracted Provider) for several insurance companies and am able to assist you in care, while insurance provides some of the financial support for such care. This is a benefit that leaves the covered person to pay according to the policy deductibles or co-pays etc., of a contracted rate for service. These contracted rates are arrangements between the insurance company and us providers, usually for a discount of the usual therapy rates.
Some conditions that people may seek counseling to address are life long, and many are short term conditions evident in a difficult or challenging time. For example, the conditions we might visit our primary care doctor to address; such as an injury, infection or virus (transient/temporary) with likely full recovery or something like diabetes or kidney or heart disease (longer term/lifelong) with best case being good management of the effects to live life as fully and functionally as possible.
In COUNSELING, or more clinically referenced as psychotherapy, the first step in the process is identifying the disabling or dysfunctional condition (e.g. anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse or addiction), then developing a strategic plan utilizing a psychotherapeutically effective model to address the condition and manage life and living from the best possible vantage point for maintaining optimum health or seeking as full a recovery as possible.
Not all people seeking assistance are suffering from a condition or dysfunction identifiable with a medical or mental health diagnosis. Many are concerned with better ways to manage thoughts and feelings, and choosing or developing best strategies for addressing problems or for achieving goals. We may still call this counseling, but if there is no identifiable/diagnosable condition, then insurance may not be able to assist with the expense. As I am licensed to provide clinical care (psychotherapy) in Colorado, I am therefore limited in counseling reach to persons in Colorado. Counseling agreements include specific language and conditions that are required for psychotherapy in Colorado.
This is where COACHING comes into the discussion. In coaching, there is more focus on goals and beliefs, strategies and efforts to overcome any impediments or limitations to accomplish those goals. These impediments or limitations are less severe (certainly not diagnosable mental health conditions) but may be as stubborn and may include patterns of thoughts or beliefs, habits or practices which keep us from our better performance in certain areas of life. For example, a person can have chronic procrastination or reticence, perhaps impulsive or angry behavior, without necessarily suffering from a depressive disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder or a personality disorder. Coaches can have several specialty’s such as business, health or fitness, relationship or life coaching, etc. Sometimes people refer to these folks also as trainers or mentors and many have specific and effective training in techniques to provide these services. Many counselors/psychotherapists, as do I, spend a great deal of time working with persons in this realm. It is possible to provide service as far as the voice/video can reach. There is sometimes need for a specific service agreement for this level of care.
For many, the target or desire is a more focused, disciplined and effective spiritual life. This is where SPIRITUAL DIRECTION enters the picture. Some might refer to spiritual coaching, but nonetheless there is a long history in the Christian tradition (and others) of seeking out a guide to work on the goals of listening, understanding and following God’s call in our lives. Some seek this from the clergy, and many who offer this are non-clergy. I have completed training as a spiritual director with the Vincentian Center for Spirituality and Work in association with DePaul University, and spent many years in individual and group ministry assisting persons in this endeavor. Again, insurance would not be involved in this service and a specific service agreement would likely be needed for this service.
Throughout my career I have had the opportunity and responsibility to provided individuals and teams with CLINICAL SUPERVISION and CONSULTATION, in support of helping professionals grow in understanding, skill and experience as they serve others. I am certainly available to discuss this need as it arises.
> Trained (1999) in EMDR, trauma processing model
> Trained (1999) as a Spiritual Director
> Certified in Colorado as an Addiction Counselor, Supervisor level since 1989
> Licensed in Colorado as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1992
> 33 years of emergency/crisis, life & death situational evaluation and placements within appropriate levels of care
> 33 years service to persons with serious and persistent mental illness in our communities
> 31 years of leadership, supervision, administration, planning and visioning
> 19 years of independent ownership and operation of successful private business
> 39 years of personal and spiritual growth leadership in church, faith based ministry or community organizations