Birmingham Life Coaching

Life Coaching and Counseling in Birmingham, MI

While therapy focuses on the “clinical” side of an individual’s life experience, life coaching focuses on setting goals and achieving them, personally and professionally.

Our professional life coaches work with individuals for many reasons, including:

  • Setting and working toward goals
  • How to network and interact with different types of people
  • How to make a great first impression (excellent for personal and professional relationships)
  • Knowing (and increasing) your value
  • How to follow through on your intentions and promises
  • Working through adversity
  • Striking a healthy work-life balance

Introduction to Thriveworks Life Coaching

For a moment, let’s pretend your life could be transformed in an instant. You open your eyes, and you find out that life is exactly the way you want it to be. You have the career you want. Your relationships are in order. You love where you live. Current struggles are now behind you. What is different about this imagined reality and where you are now, and how can you take steps toward achieving that reality?

The above paragraph is a technique frequently used in life coaching and counseling, called the Miracle Question. Detailed answers to these questions can help you figure out exactly what you want out of life, determine what your true values are and give you insight for how this might be achieved.

Our day-to-day lives can be filled with activities (and frustrations) that prevent us from contemplating what we really want out of life and how to work towards it. We get bogged down in our daily responsibilities and emotional roller coaster rides that it’s easy to let our goals slip, or even to forget about them entirely. Each week is about getting through the week, nothing more. We used to dream about what we wanted life to be like, but now we have no idea how to begin working toward our goals.

Establish Goals, Attain Them, and Mature into Happiness

Was it hard to come up win an answer to the Miracle Question? Many have a difficult time stepping back and seeing the “big picture” in life, and making the necessary changes that bring them closer to their goals.

Thriveworks Birmingham life coaching can help.”

Here’s a quick coaching tip: When you’re trying to reach a goal, one of the best thing you can do is first identify the obstacles that are impeding your progress. As life coaches, we can help you determine what these blocks are and help you develop a strategy for overcoming these obstacles. When you figure out what your impediments are and begin to work through them, you’ll start to understand that change is possible, and your goals are attainable. Your life will change, perhaps swiftly, and progress leads to more progress.

Life Coaching Focuses on Growth

Are you looking for therapy near the Detroit area? Are you in the Detroit area and you’re considering life coaching? Consider: A counselor or therapist will help people go from hurting to healing, and coaches aim to bring people from healing to thriving. Mental health professionals sometimes use numerical scales to evaluate these levels. For example, a -5 is considered incredibly unpleasant and 0 is neutral.

There are so many different elements that make up even a single day in our lives, and we have the potential to do really well or not so great in each one. Even if we cannot examine ourselves and recognize this, we can look around and see it in the people we know, or even celebrities.

In life coaching, we examine the different elements of an individual’s life and determine levels of satisfaction. In each category, ratings are given, from 1 to 10.

These categories include:

  • Home environment
  • Career
  • Money
  • Health
  • Social life and family ties
  • Romance
  • Personal growth
  • Leisure and entertainment

How would you rank your own satisfaction for each of these categories? Do you feel “stuck” in low levels of satisfaction in one category and are unsure how to improve? If you go through the above list and find yourself marking mostly low scores, do not become disheartened. Life has its ups and downs. You may feel like a 10 on one day in a particular category, only to drop down to a 1 within a single breath. A close friend or family member falls ill, you get let go from your job, a physical injury keeps you from pursuing a favorite activity — life has its own plans. Even outside of trauma, it’s not uncommon for an individual to feel like they’re not scoring a 10 in any category.

Knowing where you are right now, with complete and brutal self-honesty, is an excellent place to begin, even if you believe you’re scoring low across the board.

Renowned psychologist Erich Fromm once wrote, “Man always dies before he is fully born.” This might sound negative to some people, but in reality, the subtext is optimistic. No one ever reaches the absolute limit of his or her potential. Even when you hit a wall, there’s always something on the other side, more room to grow and higher goals to reach for — it’s more than we could ever hope to completely accomplish during a single lifespan.

So, the question is, if life and the universe we live in are infinite, why do we put such harsh, self-critical limitations on ourselves? Partner with Thriveworks Birmingham life coaching can help you bound over your self-imposed barriers.

Let’s Get To Work: Your First Life Coaching Session within 24 Hours

At Thriveworks Counseling in Birmingham, MI, our clients benefit from our strict “no waiting list” policy. We understand how difficult it is to ask for help. For some people, it’s hard to see that we need it, for others, the fact that we do can be cause for embarrassment.

Taking those challenges into consideration, we believe the decision to find help should have an immediate response, which is why most of our first-time clients meet their life coach within the same week, if not within 24 hours, of their call to us.

If you’re looking for therapy or life coaching in the Detroit area, consider Thriveworks Counseling in Birmingham, MI. Our life coaches are leaders of the field — we only hire the best. Thriveworks counselors and coaches have been featured in leading and trusted news outlets such as Chicago Tribune, Prevention, Psychiatric Times, Cult of Mac, Mashable and more. Let us put our trusted expertise to work for you and your goals.

Your dreams have been neglected for too long. Stop focusing on why you can’t, and reach out to the hand that wants to show you how you can.

It would be our honor to guide you along this path of change and discovery. Contact us today!

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People Love Our Providers!

Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 14 5 1 14 reviews. See all reviews
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Great therapist

Andrea Golden is easy to talk with and goes or of her way to give a balanced perspective.
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Lindsey is great!

I had the honor of working with Lindsey at a previous job and she is one of the sweetest individuals I have ever met. Lindsey listens intently to everyone and is open to people from all walks of life. Lindsey is knowledgeable and passionate about advocating for mental health. This makes Lindsey a great leader and counselor. I would refer anyone I know to Lindsey!
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I’ve known Tammy Wagstaff for quite some time. She was very helpful to me for finding my strengths and improving my working and personal relationships. She is a good listener and is able to “see” my point of view . I would highly recommend this counselor
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Review for Sandra Quigley

*****I have been a patient of Sandra's for nearly 2 years now and I really can't say enough good things about her work with me. She is a true Christian counselor and that was exactly the perspective I needed to guide me down the path God was trying to lead me. She definitely strengthened my faith and made many of life's big problems seem like small speed bumps when looking at the big picture!! I highly recommend Sandra Q. if you are looking for the someone who honestly cares about you and the journey you are on. Remember, there’s ultimately only one way to peace in your life, and that’s to walk daily with the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus!! *****
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I really enjoyed meeting Melissa.

I really enjoyed meeting Melissa. It was easy to converse with her. She was very professional but completely relatable too. I would definitely recommend Thriveworks!
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Moving with meaning

Much Gratitude Christine, You're helping me become the best version of myself. The self I've always pictured the vision is clear and I am ready to LIVE!!
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I wouldn’t recommend it – one of the worst therapists I’ve ever seen

The doctor (PhD) I saw for therapy decided, on the second session, to pay more attention to doing things on his phone than to listening to me. He thought he was hiding what he was doing behind his portfolio, but he was not. I could see the reflection of what he was doing, and he was looking down more than up. He was pretending to listen but didn't do a very good job of that, because when I stopped talking, he would incorrectly try to restate what I said or, make a comment on what I said which turned out to not be relevant because it was clear he wasn't listening. He did not seem to want to be there. It was a horrible experience. I called the next day to complain to the lady on the phone, and got a sincere "I'm sorry" and that's it. When I got the bill (very expensive, by the way), I have been attempting to call the office to pay it over the phone but I keep getting told that the people that do the billing are currently busy and that I should call back. It should not be that difficult for someone to take a credit card number and apply it to my bill, especially a bill I shouldn't have to pay due to horrible service. I hope the other therapists at Thriveworks are better than the one I selected, and actually have interest in helping their patients.
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Couldn’t be happier

We couldn't be happier with the staff and help we have received for our family at the practice. Christine has been particularly helpful in assisting myself and our family get back on track.
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Comfortable, private space for anyone and everyone in the family to get the personal time and space they need.
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She helped change my life

Dear Marcy, I can't thank you enough for recommending your therapist Dawn Gaden to me. She has helped change my life. I have always struggled with feeling misunderstood. But recently I fell into a deep depression; beyond something I could resolve myself. Therapy was required for my recovery. Since childhood I have been weary of therapists because I would talk through my problems but I didn't get tools and strategies to handle my problems better. Dawn has changed that. For the first time I leave each appointment not only relieved from having talked my issues through, but more importantly with tools to help me move forward. She has introduced me to methods I had considered silly, but now I could live without. I am proud of the person I am becoming and the journey I have chosen to take. Thank you for all you have done to change my life and my family's future.
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She Inspires Hope

I found Sandra Quigley on the web while searching for a Christian counselor. I was having a lot of anxiety about making a career change. She not only helped through the anxieties, she also helped me with concerns in my personal life. Sandra's non-judgmental and compassionate approach, made me feel comfortable and hopeful.
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Karen Waldrop

Ms. Waldrop is an active listener and excellent problem solver. She offers practical resolutions to everyday problems for those suffering with depression, life changes, anxiety, and stress. She provides empathy in a quiet manner with a gentle sense of humor. She is capable to offer a variety of tools for those seeking positive and lasting life changes. If you are seeking someone with whom you can discuss your deepest personal issues in a confidential manner I would highly recommend Ms. Karen Waldrop as your therapist.
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Everything I needed

I found Sandra Quigley in the back of a magazine (Psychology Today). I desperately needed someone to talk to. Newly retired with plenty of time to allow my mind to take over my life, I felt constantly anxious and very out of sorts. Enter Sandra Quigley- compassionate, non-judgmental, kind, and gentle. She is everything that I needed to heal myself. I had never talked to a therapist before, so this was a new venture. It was very important to me that I find someone with whom I could feel comfortable. Right away, I felt comfortable. I did have assignments; I never was prescribed a single drug. She went out of her way to help me specifically with my issues- finding me articles, books, telling stories. I never felt uncomfortable; I felt and still feel that my time with Sandra is valuable. With Sandra’s help, I have unearthed a much calmer, happier, together self that now wakes up each morning looking forward to the day ahead. We all have our baggage- I never once realized that I could unpack that bag and put my crap away. I now get to walk through life so much lighter!!
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So helpful!

I really love the helpful and peaceful approach at Thriveworks. I have known Marcy for a long time and her ability to work through tough spots and discuss personalities makes her a lot of fun for me. Time flies when we chat and that is a good thing for a guy like me who is always worried about time. I also love Dawn Gadens video blogs! insightful and easy to access. I don't see Dawn in counseling but if she is that good on video I have to believe she is great in person. Give a shot...I bet you will love them.
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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Birmingham

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  • 31000 Lahser Rd #5
    Beverly Hills, MI 48025

  • Mon-Fri:7AM-930PM

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