So long psychology. Psychologists are so out, psychiatrists too. No one wants to bother with mental health professionals. The stigma, the time-consuming assessments, the sexy Ph.D. costumes. So unpleasant.
As of today I will no longer be a psychologist. I will be a Parenting Coach.
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The best part, I can become a parenting coach at any moment I choose. So it's official. Effective Immediately. I am a Parenting Coach. There's no need for me (or potential clients) to wonder about my credentials, certifications or any state laws. No one will bother me about pesky professional codes of conduct. No patient-client privilege. No sticky ethical guidelines. I don't have to speak reassuringly and wear beige.
Even better, I don't even need to know what a life coach is or does to become one! How refreshing!
Jennifer Corbin, the president of Coach U, one of the largest and oldest coach training organizations in the world, has said, "Technically, anyone can hang up a shingle as coaching is not regulated. Many people 'coaching' have no idea what coaching is as they haven't been trained or haven't been coached by a professionally trained and credentialed coach. There are 'schools' that will offer a credential after three hours of training and people read a book or watch a TV program and decide 'I'm a coach!'"
I'm a coach.
So much freedom. So quick. To think of all those years in dreary labs, group homes, the state mental health facilities, the scary home visits, sparring with my dissertation committee, learning and re-learning Lisrel and structural equation modeling. Grading undergraduate essays. To think I could have learned my profession online in the comfort of my own home and yoga pants. I could have spent my twenties and thirties painting with watercolors in the lavender fields of Provence or cultivating social alienation and Eddie Vedder’s affection in some grimy bar in Seattle. What a fool I've been.
Personally I should have just waited for Martha Beck, Oprah's friend and a Master Life Coach, the most famous life coach ever, who incidentally does have a Ph.D. from a place called Harvard (in sociology). I'm sure, however, she doesn't really need that training or degree (or alumni connections) to make dreams come true for aspiring coaches:
In this training, my Master Coaches and I teach you the skills you need to become an outstanding coach, someone who can help any client with issues ranging from career choices, relationships, weight loss, and personal mission to general peevishness. We have coaches who teach you how to commune with horses, cope with raising an autistic child, deal with food allergies, become a not-so-wicked stepmother, learn to love your body, and whip up a green smoothie. And that’s just one coach! Kidding. It’s two.
I can become The Food Allergy Whisperer. The Organic Smoothie Soother. The Peevishness Parent Coach. The possibilities are endless. Lots of good specialties and niches are already taken. I’ll have to forget about Conscious Parenting. It's taken, probably by a friend of Gwyneth Paltrow, the expert on conscious uncoupling. I could go with Unconscious Parenting. How does that sound?
No hurry, I don't have to decide before plunking down any money* or throwing up a new website. In fact, getting weighed down by too much forethought might hinder my new career path and it's just not necessary according to an online testimonial by one of Martha's former students who is probably coaching someone right now:
“During my coach training, I heard Martha say that the difference between her coach training program and all the others is that, when asked, 80% of her coaches say they have no idea why they signed up. That was me! I have never felt surer that I was meant to do something – and Martha’s coach training is the best thing I have ever done.”
Name Withheld (I don't want to get sued).
Quite an endorsement. For Martha and life coaches the world over.
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*How much money? According to the New York Times:
$7,000 to become a Life Coach (eight-month course)
$7,000 to become a Master Coach (that's in addition to the 1st $7,000)
$850 to be Certified (i.e. listed on her website in the coach directory plus the use of her logo)
Or I could skip Martha and go for this 12-hour certificate program for a mere $599.00:Personal Accelerated Certified Coach Practitioner Training