Liisa Gavlick, M.A. has a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree and a Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology degree. Prior to moving to California, she lived in Washington state and was a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. In essence you are getting the best of both the Life Coach and Therapy fields due to her education, training, professional experience, and code of ethics.
1.) Just what is the difference between a Life Coach and a Psychotherapist?
The focus of a life coach is different than traditional psychotherapy. However there is some overlap between the two fields. A life coach, also known as a personal development coach, personal coach, or simply coach is a trained professional who collaborates and works one-on-one to help you achieve your goals in your personal or professional life.
For example, a life coach can help if you are experiencing a life transition such as a divorce, if you feel stuck in your personal relationships, are looking for more fulfilling work or more self-confidence.
The structure of the relationship created is an equal partnership, an alliance. The coach has expertise in certain areas, but also understands the client may need some help in uncovering and identifying the answers they already have, and taking steps to implement them.
Whatever your life issues or goals may be, a life coach offers accountability to help keep you on track. We offer support and encouragement when you are feeling defeated and frustrated. We provide structure to keep you focused. We offer creative strategies, inspiration, and motivation to help you continue to take action leading to the completion of your goals.
Please note: a life coach is not a licensed therapist, does not offer, or participate in therapy. A life coach also does not prescribe, treat, diagnose, or claim to cure physical or mental health challenges.
A life coach’s job is to foster interpersonal growth by assisting individuals, families, and businesses to identify challenges, transform maladaptive habits, thought patterns, and achieve insight for successful growth, and change.
This is accomplished through a variety of tools, techniques, and processes that are designed to allow you to identify your motivations and what may be holding you back. We build a collaborative relationship, create an agreed upon course of action based on accountability, help create clarity in identifying your goals, build structure, and a clear path to attain the future you envision. To keep you on track we also provide objective feedback and point out course corrections that may be needed along the way.
Can you do this on your own? Of course, but just like in amateur or professional sports, an athlete is going to be able to go further, do better, will have more support when they need it most, and can remain focused on reaching their goals when working with a good professional coach, than on their own. A creative life coach is essentially the same.
A psychotherapist, also known as a therapist or counselor, diagnoses, treats, focuses on issues from the past and how they impact the present, depending on their degree may also prescribe medication. A therapist must have a current license in the state they are practicing. The therapist provides professional expertise and guidelines giving clients a path to healing. For example a therapist may work with individuals diagnosed with depression, bi-polar disorder, or PTSD. The type of relationship is structured as a doctor-patient relationship and there is a power differential or power inequality due to the therapist being the expert and having the answers.
2.) How are coaching sessions structured?
Coaching sessions will either be in person, on the phone, through Skype or Facetime and can last 30, 45, or 60 minutes. The appointments may be scheduled weekly, monthly, every 3 months, or on an as needed basis.
3.) What are your fees?
To better suit your coaching needs and financial abilities we have created a comprehensive monthly coaching package, and offer other packages to fit your needs. All fees will be discussed prior to scheduling your comprehensive initial appointment.
4.) Are you licensed in the state of California?
A life coach does not requires a license through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
5.) Do you have a code of ethics you follow?
Liisa Gavlick, MA. follows the highest moral and ethical standards. A few are highlighted below.
- Adheres to the highest standard of ethics, accountability, and responsibility.
- Treats clients with the utmost respect and dignity.
- Maintains the strictest levels of confidentiality with all client information unless a release is required by law.
- Is bound to report to the authorities cases of child and/or elder abuse, neglect, sexual misconduct, harm, other forms of mistreatment, and suicidal ideation and/or attempts.
- Refrains from unlawful discrimination including age, race, gender orientation, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability.
- Carefully explains and strives to ensure that, prior to or at the initial meeting, coaching clients understand the nature of coaching, the nature and limits of confidentiality, financial arrangements, and any other terms of the coaching agreement.
- Has a clear coaching service agreement with clients before beginning the coaching relationship and honor this agreement. The agreement shall include the roles, responsibilities and rights of all parties involved.
- Maintains responsibility for being aware of and setting clear, appropriate, and culturally sensitive boundaries that govern interactions, physical or otherwise, with clients.
- Respects the client’s right to terminate the coaching relationship at any point during the process, subject to the provisions of the agreement.
- Encourages the client to make a change if she believes the client would be better served by another coach or by another resource and suggest the client seek the services of other professionals when deemed necessary or appropriate.
- Commits to and participates in continued and ongoing development of professional skills.
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