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What is Coaching?

In general, a coach can be thought of as a mentor or a guide who works with individuals to help them more effectively direct their energy and potential, create and shape their goals, and achieve desired outcomes. The coaching relationship is designed to help the client improve their performance and lead a more fulfilled life. While much of the "success" is measured on continued abstinence, LSA is focused on supporting clients in continued abstinence, helping you develop an extensive skill set, and frankly, working ourselves out of a job over the course of a year.

At LSA, our clients are dealing with some very serious issues and at various stages in the recovery process.  We specialize in helping clients with addiction, co-occurring disorders, mental illness, chronic pain &/or illness, and aging issues to create extraordinary change.  There are many well-intentioned people who call themselves recovery coaches or sober coaches.  Some of them are very talented and have been in recovery themselves for many years. Unfortunately, many of these well-intentioned coaches have not been trained in the discipline of Personal Coaching, let alone Clinical Psychology, Counseling, or the Field of Addictions.  That can lead to life-threatening problems.  The untrained coach may not understand addiction (other than their personal experience), true mental illness and other pathologies (from a clinical perspective), proven evidence-based strategies, or most of all, not understand their own limitations. This is not the case at LifeSkills Authorities (LSA).

LSA Recovery Coaching programs are developed and overseen by Program Director, Michael Plahn, who has a Graduate Degree in Clinical Psychology, Post-graduate work in Personal and Executive Coaching, and extensive Behavioral Health clinical experience.  Fifteen years of experience has shown that many relapses are related to Social and Career/Financial issues...but strangely, those areas are typically neglected in many recovery plans? LSA Recovery Coaching is a 6-month and 12-month program that covers five (5) key areas essential to creating a long-term recovery lifestyle (physical, spiritual, psychological, as well as social, and career/financial)LSA Recovery Crisis Coaching in a highly-structured and intense portion of our coaching program that is primarily used in the initial 4-6 weeks of the Recovery Coaching relationship or during a difficult period.  This phase affords LSA clients daily contact and an extraordinary level of help and support to ensure success. The LSA approach is currently being reviewed and studied for efficacy by an independent Psychologist as we are very optimistic that the bold claims by our clients, colleagues, along with some of the world's most-respected medical and behavioral health professionals, will catapult the LSA approaches into being considered the Gold-Standard for dealing with Addiction, Depression and Mood Disorders, Chronic Pain &/or Illness, and Aging Issues.


What Coaching is Not

Coaching is not therapy. Although LSA Recovery Coaching is closely involved with a psychotherapist(s) through a collaborative process, we do not practice psychotherapy during coaching sessions.  However, since we are trained at a high level in Clinical Psychology and work in a transparent manner with Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Counselors, we may recommend that certain topics be covered with those professionals.  Recovery Coaching will also help you stay accountable in an empathic manner, to make sure you discuss those suggested topics with appropriate Recovery Team professionals.  LSA Recovery Coaching is a process by which your LSA Coach will support and assist you to keep taking actions, that will lead to change and an amazing transformation, over the course of your 6-month or 12-month coaching engagement.


"This is the most comprehensive approach to addiction treatment I have ever seen" - Dr. Shantelle Whitehead, Clinical Psychologist


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