Life coaching is the modern way to focus on your potential and plot a new course to achieve that potential. I am dedicated to helping people get in touch with their passion and their heart's calling, and then finding the best way to bring that calling into reality. I am Erik Edler, a licensed therapist located in San Luis Obispo (SLO) and serving the Central Coast.
A little clarification: In Psychotherapy, we work to heal the wounds that lie more deeply inside, often in the unconscious mind. In Counseling, we seek to problem-solve and offer guidance. And in Life Coaching, our focus is on reaching your full potential.
There isn't always a sharp line of distinction between these different methods. You might think you will only need some coaching and encouragement, but a lot of what makes us procrastinate or get stuck in self doubt can be traced back to older and deeper experiences. Too much criticism or a lack of encouragement from your mom and dad may leave deep reasons for why you're held back.
You'll need a coach who can flexibly move between the various dimensions of who you are, to help you move forward in the best way possible. Having a licensed psychotherapist as a coach is the best way to go, I believe.
Life coaching is about understanding who you are, what you have to offer, how to play on your strengths, and achieve basic competence in your areas of weakness. It's about understanding yourself so well that you can live your life strategically, and in that way maximize the fulfillment of your potential. Many clients will stay in therapy for a time after they've overcome the anxiety, depression, or relationship issues they came in with, because they sense that there is much more for them out there. Life is more than just not being in pain. Whether the need is deep-level psychotherapy, objective feedback and wise counsel, or motivational coaching, I can help point you and guide you in the direction that real happiness can be found.
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