9 warning signals that tell you a therapist may be more suitable for your needs than coaching at this time.
- You spend lots of time in each coaching session ventilating about negative emotions and stressful situations in your life.
- You tend to be rather emotionally brittle and easily set off.
- You become defensive or overly sensitive to constructive criticism.
- You have fears or phobias that seem extreme and resistant to change.
- You can’t seem to make progress on your issues and keep coming back to the same themes that keep you stuck.
- You avoid talking about certain issues, out of fear, embarrassment or shame, or poor attentional control.
- Your coach expresses frustration that you won’t properly do homework, follow-through or speak openly about certain issues.
- You believe you have depression, severe anxiety, or addiction issues.
- You have a strong personal reaction to your coach, negative or positive, which gets in the way of the working relationship.
By Bill Cole, MS, MA,