Solutions and strategies for emotional challenges in relationships, in business, and in life.
Michelle Volz is a licensed and board-accredited therapist with over 25 years experience working as a Counselor and Life Coach.
Michelle's primary area of focus is: stress and anxiety; relationship counseling (for both couples and individuals); career challenges; sexuality & gender identity issues; and addiction and co-dependency recovery.
Michelle holds a Bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach and a Master's degree from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Further studies completed at The College of Executive Coaching, and UCLA Extension. Michelle is licensed in the state of California and thanks to the internet, is able to work with therapy clients all over the state from a secure online video-chat platform. Life coaching services are provided world-wide.
Anxiety, Career Counseling, Co-dependency, Depression, Divorce, Grief, LGBTQ, Life Transitions, Narcissistic Personality, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Sexual Identity, Stress.
WHEN COUPLES ASK... SHOULD WE STAY OR SHOULD WE GO?
Not communicating well? Arguing too much? Getting triggered by one another? Not as affectionate as you used to be? Worried that maybe you’re not on the same page?
As relationship partners, do you wonder if you are you on the right path together? Perhaps you ponder if this relationship is meant to be. Maybe you ask: Are we learning, growing, and becoming better people by being in this relationship? Are we having fun together? Are we good for one another?
Let’s find out. We’ll work as a team to define the issues and clarify the important goals. We’ll give each of your positions a voice, so that the thoughts and feelings on both sides are represented. We’ll assess and evaluate - using a pragmatic conversational approach to get to the issues that matter.
From there, we arrive at the wisdom and clarity to answer this question: Should we stay or should we go? Are we meant to work through our issues, together? Or, is a healthy uncoupling in our best interest? Either way, our work will aim to bring clear-mindedness and personal empowerment to both partners in the relationship. The right path becomes clear...
QUESTION: How do I get a free 15 minute consultation? A: All you have to do is ask. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll set something up on the calendar that works for you.
QUESTION: Are session always online, or can they be in-person too? A: Sessions are online, so are always conducted remotely, using secure video chat. On rare occasion, when video chat is not feasible for technical reasons, sessions may be conducted over the telephone.
QUESTION: How long are sessions? A: There are three types of sessions: regular, half-sessions and extended. Regular sessions are 50 minutes long (a standard therapy-hour); half-sessions are 30 minutes long; and extended sessions are 90 minutes (an hour and 30 minutes).
QUESTION: What is involved in a coaching/ counseling session? A: Our work is accomplished through "talk sessions." Here we have a free exchange of thoughts, feelings, ideas, and/or concerns about the issues that are important to you. In order to get the most out our time together, our work minimizes surface storytelling and leans toward underlying truths. We focus on goals and solutions; on making positive changes, gaining clarity, and achieving selfempowerment.
QUESTION: What equipment is needed for doing online sessions? A: You'll need computer, a reliable internet connection, and a webcam. It's best if you use earbuds or headphones, too. Tablets or smart phones may be used in place of a computer, but it's best if you're not driving or otherwise multi-tasking.
QUESTION: What video chat platform do we use for online meetings? A: One of the better ones out there: Zoom. For more info, visit www.zoom.us Login link is provided after the session appointment has been scheduled, and payment terms have been agreed upon.
QUESTION: Is it okay for me to email my coach/counselor in between sessions? A: Yes, email communication is acceptable and encouraged.
QUESTION: What are the goals of these coaching or counseling sessions? A: People's goal's are differnet, but overall, we aim to to reduce stress and eliminate negative thought patterns by increasing levels of self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-confidence, and self purpose. Common results are: increased focus, motivation, confidence, and determination to accomplish specific goals - in work, in life, with other people, and with one's self.
QUESTION: Are our sessions completely confidential? A: Yes, information discussed between Client and Coach and/or Therapist during all online video chat sessions, and extending to phone sessions, email correspondence, text messaging, and/or US mail is considered confidential and will not be released to any third party without specific consent from the Client, unless subpoenaed by a court of law, or if the information presented constitutes a danger to self or others. Cal. [Evid] Code § 1010
QUESTION: What's the difference between life coaching and therapy? A: The difference has to do with (1) your session goals, and (2) our approach to helping you reach those goals. Here's an example: if your goal is to communicate better with your spouse, your boss, etc. that could lead to an exploration of your self-esteem and the belief system you built-up since you were a kid. That kind of in-depth discussion where emotions and inner-truths are uncovered is Therapy. Now on the other hand, if your goal is to figure out how you're going to deal with a life transition, or how you can fulfill your life's purpose, or how you can become better at something, or more organized, more clear-headed, more focused, you get the idea... that's Coaching. Therapy is emotionally deeper, whereas coaching tends to deal with actions in the present. (We don't flip-flop between Life Coaching and Therapy; we either engage in one or the other, and it's something that is agreed upon upfront, in writing.)
Coaching and The Law of Attraction... Some of my coaching clients like to apply universal metaphysical principles to their work and their lives - such as the Law of Attraction. These principles contribute to living a positive and fulfilling life, so they align naturally to the work of life coaching & counseling.
When you feel positive emotions, you are in the place of attracting the good that you want in life. The goal of law of attraction (also referred to as the "law of vibration") in coaching is to help you guide your thoughts, your words, and your feelings first to a mindset of comfort and ease, then next to a state of gratitude and excitement, whereby you become a vibrational match for the things and circumstanes in life that you desire.