Psychotherapy or career change coaching can be a valuable adjuvant to any career
search. But, how do you know whether you need career change coaching (work-life consultation) or
psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, some sort of hybrid, or a mix? Washington, DC, (Chevy
Chase, MD), psychologist,
work-life consultant (career coach), Dr.
Lynn Friedman discusses this dilemma and talks about what sorts of career challenges yield to each of these interventions.
How does a person assess whether they need help clarifying and resolving work-life issues? And, after deciding that help might be useful, how does one know what sort of intervention to seek? An important starting point is to identify the work-life conflict. In general, people struggle with three work-life conflicts.
Others have less clarity or less confidence. Nevertheless, they may
be able to make use of the plethora of books
topic or the support of family and friends to clarify
the answers to these questions. Yet, not everyone can answer these
questions for themselves. In
some people never find an enjoyable
and rewarding career. And,
some never achieve their financial
This is unfortunate in that, for
the most part, with the right kind of
help career conflicts can be resolved.
How then, should those people who find themselves thwarted go
about assessing whether and what sort of help is warranted? My own bias
is to encourage anyone in that situation to seek a
psychoanalytically-informed, career assessment.
(1/2 block from the redline, Friendship Heights Metro)