Life Coaching/Life Coaching

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Mr. Halloran,

I have a few questions for you if you do not mind answering them. First what is the difference between life coaching and therapy? Second what can life coaching help people with? Lastly how much does it cost to see a life coach or a therapist?

Answer
A therapist will help you with a mental illness; coping skills, medication compliance, techniques for daily living with a mental illness. A coach helps you with your life; motivation, accountability, goal setting, a sounding board. Very different and those of us in the field try hard to not blur the lines.

Much of therapy can be covered by insurance. Generally it will range from 75 and hour to 200 an hour. Remember you get what you pay for.

Life coaching can be a much wider range due to specialty and experience. 25 and hour to 1000 an hour. I have been doing this for 10 years, I am about 300 an hour.

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Matthew Halloran

Expertise

I am able to answer questions such as "could I use life coaching or therapy, and what is the difference?" "How can I improve my parenting skills?" "How can I implement consequences with my kids (step-family) and improve my children's overall behavior?" "How do I choose a coach?" "How do I parent my GLBT children?" "How do I come out to your family?" How do I parent adult children with severe and persistent mental illnesses?" "How do I set goals and actually achieve them?" "How can I start my own small business?" "How do I apply for government contracts?" "Who can I find to hold me accountable?" "What is the history of life coaching?""How do I become a life coach?" "How do I market myself?"

Experience

I was a family teacher at Girls and Boystown for five years helping over 100 kids and families manage and live more successfully as a family. I worked in home support for adults with severe and persistent mental illness and worked closely with their families. I focused on life coaching in my masters degree in mental health counseling and I have a graduate certificate in life coaching from one of two universities in the nation that can grant that certificate. I founded a Professional Coaching, Training and Consulting Company called Basha Services.

Organizations
AGLIBIC (Association for GLBT clients in counseling), PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays), American Counseling Association, and Bellevue University Alumni Association.

Publications
Journal Of Financial Planning, RIA Biz, Dow Jones Advisor.

Education/Credentials
I have my BS in Professional and Applied Ethics and my Masters Degree in Human Services with a focus on Mental Health Counseling and Life Coaching.

Awards and Honors
Graduated with my Masters Degree with a 4.0 GPA. Navy achievement medal, three letters of commendation (Navy), Persian Gulf War Veteran and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (Navy).

Past/Present Clients
I currently coach clients on starting business, personal goal attainment and marketing their new business. I have exited the therapy field to pursure coaching as a full time profession.

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