Welcome back to BeREAL! This week, Diana and Ednesha are joined by Dr. Kim Andrews to discuss holistic wellness, spirituality within psychotherapy, and life coaching.
Dr. Kim Andrews has extensive experience in integrative and supportive therapeutic counseling with a strong background in psychosocial dynamics, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Buddhist Psychology. She has worked in a variety of settings as a therapist with adults and teens in both inpatient and outpatient facilities and programs, incarceration programs, and mandated treatment programs. Currently, she is working for herself in private practice.
Dr. Kim begins the episode by explaining how she met Diana and became a friend of the podcast. She then recounts her experience of getting into therapy practice. She says that her journey began when she was younger and struggled with anxiety and depression. Now, she imbues her past experiences and interest in spirituality into her holistic wellness practice. Ednesha chimes in to explain that often, therapists are told to separate spirituality within therapy, but how Dr. Kim’s mixing of the two could help many people who do come from spiritual backgrounds.
Next, Dr. Kim addresses the divide between life coaching and therapy. She summaries that life coaches are very forward thinking, with little focus on past issues that could be creating conflict in the present. Therapy, on the other hand, looks to the past to create healthy forward movement. So, she approaches coaching from a more therapeutic angle. She decided to become a coach because her masters is in rehabilitation counseling, which shares many of the holistic wellness ideas of coaching.
After a short break, Dr. Kim explains to listeners the programs she has available at the moment. Her 90-day program focuses on one to two changes that the patients want to implement in their life. The focus on a limited number of things better assures that the changes will stick forever. For clients who are not ready to commit to months on end of coaching, they can see her through individual session, but these often end up lasting as long as the month long programs.
Thank you for tuning into BeREAL this week! Be on the lookout for an all new episode next Tuesday. In the meantime, make sure to check out last week’s episode on how to choose a therapist.
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