Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Comments by jjasonw

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  • Daniel, As a long term 40+ years) mental health professional with a counseling psychology Masters, certified as a hypnotherapist and an NLP practitioner. In 1983 I realized that most of what I was doing in my private practice in Hollywood, CA was teaching self-confidence, self-esteem and other life skills and coaching folks as they developed them. So I invented a label for what I was doing, “Life Coaching.” My ads said. “You have a coach for the gym, a coach for your acting and performing, so how about a coach for the rest of your life?”

    Because I was operating in that area of counseling and then later on, working extensively with street kids, I never thought I would need to be licensed. It one point I had accumulated all the hours for licencing and decided taking the test was a waste of time. I also knew that I would not be able to do the innovative work I was doing with the licencing restraints that you discussed, so I never got licensed.

    Flash forward to the present. At a time when I ought to be running programs and agencies, I can’t even get a job as a counselor without that license. My advice is keep your license and just do the coaching work you want to do. As long as you draw clear boundaries with your clients as to what you consider to be therapy don’t go there with them, you will probably be OK. There are lots of licensed folks that are practicing as Life Coaches. Keep that license just in case some time in the future you would like to be running a program.