Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Counseling vs. Coaching

Since the 1980’s there has been a growing interest in the field of “coaching”.  There are several different types of coaching, e.g., Executive, Personal, Career, etc., and each serves a specific function related to helping a client achieve desired results.  With the rise of coaching as a profession have come questions concerning the differences between the practice of coaching and counseling.  We have described these two different services in an effort to help you decide which one is right for you.

What is Coaching?

According to the International Coach Federation, coaching is an ongoing relationship between the professional coach and the client, which focuses on the client taking action toward the realization of their vision, goals or desires.  Coaching uses a process of inquiry and personal discovery to build the client’s level of awareness and responsibility and provides the client with structure, support and feedback.

Most coaches have some formal coach training and are either certified or in the process of being certified by training programs accredited by the International Coach Federation.

Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.

Coaching clients are often high functioning, solution-focused individuals who are seeking assistance in moving forward in their lives with greater motivation, clarity, passion and direction. Coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and created to accomplish great things.

Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:

Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve;
Encourage client self-discovery;

Friday, January 2, 2015

Seminars and Speaking

In today’s fast paced and demanding world people are looking for answers. We all need answers to the questions that challenge us every day as we strive to live happier, healthier, and more satisfying lives.

At RAI, we offer quality presentations designed to help you learn how to consistently live, work and relate well! Our team of personal development experts is available to present informative personal growth seminars for retreats, conferences, luncheons and other special events specifically designed to address some of the most important and challenging personal, marital, parenting and family issues today. Some of our presentations include:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Counseling

Relational Advantage, Inc. provides professional individual, marriage and family counseling. We all know that life can be extremely challenging at times, and that it can be very difficult to face these challenges alone. If you are struggling with the painful emotions associated with depression, anxiety, relational problems, a significant loss or unmanageable stress, counseling can help you get back on track and begin enjoying life again!

According to a survey conducted by Consumer Reports, nine out of ten Americans who had received counseling said that psychotherapy has helped them. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of treatment while utilizing effective solution-focused counseling methods designed to help you discover and apply real answers to your life challenges as soon as possible.

A Word from Dr. Linaman:

“I have been providing counseling services to individuals, couples and families for over twenty-five years.  I work primarily with older adolescents and adults who are motivated and ready to discover new insights and solutions to the challenges they face.

Many of the patients I work with struggle with debilitating worry, fear and anxiety or feelings of sadness, despair and worthlessness. They’ve lost the energy, joy and hopefulness they once had and often feel like giving up on life. Some people find themselves facing difficult parenting challenges with their children and teens and feel discouraged, worried and stuck. 

Others I work with are in marriages and relationships filled with destructive conflict or stony silence. Some suffer pain caused by abusive behaviors, mistrust, anger and addictions. The companionship, love and trust they once enjoyed have been replaced by disengagement, indifference and suspicion.

For me, there is no greater satisfaction than helping people gain the insights, overcome the obstacles, begin the healing process and move ahead into happier, more productive futures. I look forward

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Personal Coaching

Personal coaching is a unique and special relationship between two people. The role of the coach is to facilitate personal development by helping identify and/or clarify goals, develop a realistic and effective plan of action and assist in the implementation of the plan while providing encouragement, support and feedback.

Coaching is a process that helps make good things happen. It may involve helping you get unstuck or identify and create positive changes in your personal life. Coaching is a time efficient, flexible and present and future oriented process specifically intended to help you discover your true north.

Personal coaching can be the key ingredient you need to break through the barriers that stand between your potential and your success. The initial coaching session is free and is designed to help identify your specific objectives for coaching and to determine the best personal coaching program for your needs.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Consulting

Many small to mid-size businesses and organizations struggle to produce optimum results due to people problems. These problems often stem from inadequate leadership and management practices, ineffective or hostile interpersonal relationships, poor communication, and a lack of trust, healthy conflict and appropriate accountability. It is estimated that less than 50% of all front-line supervisors or team leaders demonstrate adequate competence in applying the most fundamental active management behaviors. At Relational Advantage, we offer consulting services to executive and management teams, business owners and HR directors to provide effective assessment strategies to help accurately identify the problems that impede business results. Our goal is to help you keep your people problems from becoming business problems.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Training

Professional development is all about impact and training is a key part of it. Your ability to build your career or business, outperform the competition or provide the greatest results to your organization will significantly increase the more you acquire and apply effective learning.

The right training can provide you and/or your business with the competitive and relational advantage you need to address some of the most challenging business and workplace obstacles. Our training seminars are designed to help you and your team achieve your critical organizational objectives by zeroing in on key professional and interpersonal development issues. Our goal is to help your organization cultivate a healthier, more productive and profitable work environment.

In addition to providing impactful training opportunities, we are also available to deliver informative and motivational presentations for conferences, retreats, luncheons and other special events.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Executive Coaching

Behind every world-class athlete is a dedicated and committed coach. The same can now be said for many of the top performing leaders, executives, professionals, managers, pastors and entrepreneurs. If you are serious about achieving and accomplishing greater results and embracing all you are capable of becoming you will want to experience the proven power of executive coaching.

The Relational Advantage Executive Coaching Program is a formalized, one-on-one process designed to develop potential and enhance performance.  Based on a collaborative relationship and clearly defined objectives, coaching facilitates the process of moving people toward a higher level of meaningful and purposeful action.  Our executive coaching will assist you in identifying the results you desire most along with an effective “game plan” to help you achieve them.

Our coaching will help you break through the roadblocks that impede the accomplishment of your professional and organizational goals. We will provide you with the highly-developed structure, sophisticated training, powerful motivating principles, and realistic feedback and accountability you need to achieve consistent results.

Who uses Executive Coaching?

Generally speaking, those who take advantage of Executive Coaching are success minded, goal directed and performance driven.  They may have already experienced an impressive amount of professional success in their life, but desire to maximize their potential even further by creating greater balance, clearer focus and a fresh perspective.  Many of these individuals are Corporate Executives, Key Managers and Staff, Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Professionals, and Pastors and Church Leaders.

What are the benefits to the organization?

Clearly, when executives and other professionals experience the benefits outlined above it often has a ripple effect throughout the company, improving morale, retention, efficiency, and productivity.  According to a Manchester, Inc. survey of 100 executives, mostly from Fortune 1000 companies, a company’s investment in coaching for its executives