Let's get into the details...
Why "Color Wheel" Coaching?
Color Wheel Coaching is a multidisciplinary, multifaceted approach to mental health and self-improvement. Many of us are familiar with the idea of a "spectrum," but that spectrum doesn't simply exist as a straight line from one end to the other. With my years of experience in providing therapy to children and teens, I have learned that the mind is more than just a range of least to most. Rather, it's a full color wheel, where people may experience every shade as part of who they are, and I believe it is critical to focus on the person instead of their placement on any linear spectrum.
I believe that each person is an individual with unique preferences, interests, and desires. I understand that no two people are exactly alike, and I seek to create an experience that is tailored specifically to each of my clients. Coaching and informal counseling are not replacements for medical or psychotherapeutic treatments, but rather, work as complements to existing programs or standalone support options.
So, what does that look like?
I aim to offer services that are flexible in approach, style, and even location.
Whether you want to meet online, in a coffee shop, at a museum, or even at a football game, the benefits of life coaching mean I am not restrained to a sitting in a small office asking about your feelings.
Sessions will be tailored to what works for you. Whether that means having your session over text from the comfort of your own bed, meeting online while we play Minecraft, or me coming to your home to help bridge communication gaps for your family, my services are as flexible as the people I serve.
As a coach and community health worker, I also specialize in collaborative care. I will (with your consent) communicate with your family, doctors, partners, teachers, peers, or whomever else you choose, to create a system that works for you. I will assist in facilitating communication across the board, making it easier for you to see real change happening in your life.
What if I don't want a life coach?
People cannot always just be "on" and ready to go. Life coaching isn't for everyone. Sometimes having goals, actionable plans, and timelines can feel overwhelming.
As a community health worker, I can do more than simply coaching. I am able to provide informal counseling, peer advising, relationship coaching, community activism support, behavioral support, and more. I offer short and long-term session packages, and my services are based in evidence and best practice. I continue to receive formal education both as a community health worker and through furthering my degree, to make sure I am trained and educated to support you in whatever way you need.
What Exactly Are You?
What does a life coach do?
Life coaching is an engaged, collaborative, solution-oriented, action-focused process that aims to help the client achieve personal goals and improve their overall quality of life. Life coaching isn't a replacement for therapy or medical treatment, but is designed to improve your overall quality of life through helping you achieve your goals. Life coaching is flexible and adaptable to the desires of the client. Life coaching requires honesty, accountability, and engagement to show success. As a life coach, I will help you identify your goals, any barriers to success you may be facing, and will work with you to create an actionable plan that will get you to where you want to be.
What is a Community Health Worker, and what can you do?
Community Health Workers are trained and certified to provide a wide range of health-related services, including informal counseling, peer advising, health education, social services, advocacy services, and First Aid. As a CHW providing informal counseling or peer advising, I will meet with you in your preferred environment, check in on any care services may be receiving from others, provide support and follow any treatment plans laid out by a healthcare provider, and act as an emotional and behavioral support line. Unlike life coaching, informal counseling does not require setting a goal or creating an action plan. Instead, I am is a safe person to ask questions, have discussions, share experiences, or simply vent to. As a CHW, I often have some or many similar characteristics and experiences to the people I serve. I have formal and informal training with the subjects I work with, and am able to share my stories and offer advice from a personal perspective. Although informal counseling isn't a replacement for therapy, it is a more personal and connective support service than many formal treatments.
Why should I see someone who is both?
Unlike Life Coaches, Community Health Workers are regulated in Texas. and receive formal training and continued education throughout their careers. A CHW must re-apply for certification every two years and is required to earn a certain number of continuing education credits in that time. Because of this, I can provide a wide and varied range of services and approaches that a Life Coach usually does not. I can provide emotional support services that Life Coaches are not intended to offer. Additionally, unlike informal counseling, Life Coaches have a planned structure to our sessions that builds on itself and works without guidance from a healthcare provider. Life Coaches offer actionable plans for personal goals and encourage clients to develop independence. As both a Life Coach and a Community Health Worker, I am able to offer vast and individualized services that are flexible, adaptive, research based, and constantly growing.
RBT, CHW, Life Coach