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There seems to be a good amount of discussion on the topic of the difference between life coaching and therapy, and I’ve had clients ask me about it. I have a unique perspective. I hold a Master’s of Science degree in Group Process/Psychotherapy from Drexel University and practiced for 20 years as a psychotherapist in private practice. Then 10 years ago I completed coach training and certification through The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and went on to receive Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF). I currently have a full-time coaching practice. I’m also the President Elect of ICF Philadelphia, and previously served two years as VP of Education providing continuing education learning for members.
In my experience people seek out psychotherapy when they need help with challenging emotions from either within or as the result of circumstances. They want what’s “wrong” “fixed.” Where as, people generally seek coaching to enhance their life. They want to successfully move toward their future – either one they envision or they’re unclear about – and which they’re having difficulty actualizing on their own.
I have a dirty little secret – I love sleep. I go to sleep before midnight every night including weekends and I wake up between 8 and 8:30 every morning without an alarm. This way I don’t get grumpy – as my friend Clare would say. So why is this a dirty little secret? Because somewhere along the line sleep deprivation got associated with being successful, a real go-getter, being a winner. Many of my clients suffer from sleep deprivation but the mere mention of getting more sleep is met with more resistance than pretty much any other challenge I make in my work. And believe me my work is often about turning the way one does things on tilt.
I feel electrified by anxiety today. On the one hand this makes me feel very alive and energized. On the other hand I feel like jumping out a – figurative – window to end the frayed feeling just like Mel Brooks in the movie “High Anxiety.” I’ve done enough work on myself that I can finally make the choice to use the anxiety to create wonderful new things rather than be caught in the swirling spiral but this has not been an easy lesson to learn.
I am tired but can’t seem to stop Facebooking, Tweeting, writing about leadership and surfing the web. I thought I needed some food to provide much needed energy. But even after a delicious lunch of organic lunchmeat and cheese on gluten free bread with a side of sautéed veggies fresh from my garden I’m still tired.
“My leadership coaching helps you identify who you are – both your strengths and vulnerabilities – and how to use them to go further than you ever thought possible in your career and life.”
Elizabeth C. Hechtman is passionate about people leading every aspect of their lives. For over 25 years she's collaborated with clients to be leaders in their families and relationships, at work, with friends, and with their finances, health and wellness.
Elizabeth's clients are c-suite professionals, entrepreneurs, middle managers, creative professionals, recent brides/grooms, stay-at-home parents, and singles. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.
She created this blog as a forum to disseminate the golden nuggets she learns everyday, bat around her views on leadership and and invite a rich dialogue about all of it.