Lost and Found: Email-Interview with Father Kevin Walsh

I wasn’t even looking for them, and I found them!  Two gift cards.  In the process of clearing out the closet, there they were.  I love moments like that.  What could be better? Well, there may be a few things better than a couple of gift cards.  As we enter this holiday season, I thought this would be the perfect time to share Father Kevin Walsh’s email-interview, particularly with those who may themselves be feeling lost during this time. Father Kevin is the Pastor of Culpeper’s Precious Blood Catholic Church.  So much more valuable than a gift card, Father Walsh…

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Faith in the face of fear

  She’s almost all grown up.  But I still worry.  And each time I do, she reminds me not to.  Really, I should know better by now.  Forgive me if you’ve already heard this story, but here’s the reason why.    Almost 13 years ago, I got the call I had always feared. She was five years old and they didn’t know where she was. As I drove to her school, all I thought was “if only”, and “what if”. In between I screamed and prayed for me. Then I cried and prayed for her. I begged God to bring her…

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Long Live the Boogie Man

My brother John used to live in the linen closet. Not really. He was just pretend. But he was the best brother anyone could ever have. Not only was he to blame when things went wrong, but he was my problem solver, and my protector too. There was a mean girl in the neighborhood (let’s call her Edwina) who threatened to beat me up. I admit, I was intimidated by her, but I couldn’t tell her that. So I calmly told her about John.  I explained that he was unpredictable. No one ever knew when he would come out or…

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Hope in Rainbows

“Think of me and smile” was one of my senior quotes.  I’d forgotten it but was reminded as I and my kids were looking through our yearbooks together.  They seemed to enjoy getting to know me between those pages. While they looked at mine, I looked at theirs.  I get the pleasure of knowing them as my kids, but there’s so much I don’t know and so much I don’t get to see of them as they live more and more of their time away from me.  How fascinating to see the comments of their friends, and to see the…

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Easter is Hope’s Reminder

I still haven’t finished the book.  It was literally years ago when I started reading Judith Tebbutt’s, “A Long Walk Home: One Woman’s Story of Kidnap, Hostage, Loss – And Survival”.  I just stopped reading it one day, partly because I had assumed I knew how it would end.  It is a true story about the author being captured by Somali pirates.  She shares her ordeal and her survival.  I convinced myself that I knew all I needed to know – she is captured, she survives, and she is home, the end.  But somehow this Easter has inspired me back…

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Psychological coaching is grounded in the art and science of psychology and is in many ways very similar to traditional psychotherapy.  They both utilize knowledge of human behavior, motivation, behavioral change, and interactive techniques in order to help a client move from where they are to an improved state of being. The differences between psychological coaching and traditional psychotherapy are related to their goals, focus, and perspective. Traditional psychotherapy seeks to diagnose and treat emotional and behavioral conditions, with the therapist serving as "expert" in support of the client. Unfortunately, many have considered the pursuit of traditional psychotherapy to be stigmatizing, in part because of this perspective of the client being "broken" and in need of repair.  Psychological  coaching offers a different point of view.  The coaching psychologist is more likely focused on developing a collaborative relationship, with the client in the "driver seat", with the perspective that the client is creative, whole, and resourceful.  The clients' capacity for wellness and healing is assumed, encouraging them to move more quickly and directly through obstacles to their happiness, success, and life satisfaction.  

As a Coaching Psychologist, my goal is to support you in creating awareness so that you can access your own skills and inner resources in order to manage the challenges you face now and into the future.  While our work together may touch on past traumas and psychiatric concerns, they will be addressed from the perspective of your strengths, rather than with a focus on ill-ness or disability.  In our larger community, it is not unusual for individuals to experience mild to moderate mental health issues, making psychological coaching an accessible and viable option.  If, in the course of our work together, either you or I have reason to believe that your mental or emotional health concerns are better addressed by another service provider, a referral will be made.  

As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, I have 20 years of ongoing training and experience providing, consulting and supervising others in the provision of psychological services.  However,  as of now, the life coaching field is unregulated, allowing anyone to be a life coach - even those without training in the behavioral sciences.  As well, the coaching field is considered to lack a solid base in research, creating disagreement on educational and training standards. The International Coach Federation (ICF) is working to change this.  In order to ensure that your coach is not counseling others beyond their expertise, it is suggested that when considering a life coach, individuals  should seek coaches who are trained or ICF certified.  Along with my license as a Clinical Psychologist, I am currently enrolled in MentorCoach® L.L.C., one of the oldest ICF accredited coach training programs, and one that will enable me to be an ICF certified coach.