FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions
What is emotional wellness?
Let’s start with a definition for wellness. John Dunlop, a Christian doctor at Johns Hopkins, defined wellness in his book, Wellness for the Glory of God. He describes wellness as “that blessed state of experiencing all spheres of life functioning in harmony with God’s ordained purpose.”
Emotional wellness then, is when our emotions function as God intended. Unfortunately, many are not aware of the purpose of feelings or what healthy emotional function looks like. However, most people would understand the term emotionally dysfunctional. For our purposes, we’ll define emotional wellness as the ability to regularly identify, attend to and regulate one’s feelings.
“Counseling” means the therapeutic process of: (i) conducting assessments and diagnoses for the purpose of establishing treatment goals and objectives and (ii) planning, implementing, and evaluating treatment plans using treatment interventions to facilitate human development and to identify and remediate mental, emotional or behavioral disorders and associated distresses which interfere with mental health.
Coaching works from the assumption of wellness (you are an adult in your right mind and able to effective determine what works best for you) and will not provide any mental health diagnoses. Coaching is client-led and the goals are defined by the client. Many coaching exercises and concepts are similar to those seen in counseling. This is because they work. And if it does not work, it does not have to be used.
The biggest distinction between emotional wellness coaching and traditional counseling is the process. Coaching aims to draw out a person’s innate ability to resolve their own dilemmas while providing resources and accountability to make those solutions long-term.
Do you take insurance?
Insurance does not currently cover coaching as a stand-alone service. Some licensed mental health professionals are also coaches and may be covered by insurance. 4HisGlory Consulting provides coaching and consulting services only and is not reimbursable by health insurance.
Is life coaching biblical?
Life coaching is simply the process of using God-given wisdom and insight to assist others achieve their goals. God has always used relationships to grow and strengthen the body. Gotquestions.org published an article for consideration.
Where do you coach?
For the convenience of the client, most coaching takes place by telephone or online. In some circumstances, arrangements can be made to see local clients in the Hampton Roads, VA area.
What type of clients do you work with?
I work with clients who (1) recognize there is a goal they wish to achieve (2) are insightful into their personal challenges and (3) are willing to put in 4-8 hours a week working towards those goals.
I specialize in working with Christian adults who have experienced childhood trauma and want to overcome the resulting emotional difficulties. My clients are often dealing with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks and other manifestations of insecure attachment.
Why not just become a counselor or therapist?
For a very, very long time I thought that was what I would do. I have a BA in Psychology and have completed both classwork and training (600+ hours) in doctoral level clinical psychology. I’ve found the process and results with coaching to have longer-lasting and stronger impact within a shorter time frame. Further, coaching allows me to integrate faith practices without concern.
What if it doesn’t help?
We offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation that allows you to experience the coaching process and ask any questions you may have. Coaching is an interactive, two-way experience; if at any point you feel that you are not making progress or benefiting from services, you are free to end the coaching relationship without further obligation or repercussion.
More importantly, if you recognize that you need help, please don’t let fear stop you. It is never a waste of time to invest in YOU. Becoming emotionally healthy is very much worth it and will pay dividends in your life and for those you are in relationship with.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.