Authentic Encounters: Counseling & Coaching w/ Dr. Jim Nolan
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—from Jim Nolan, Ph.D., LPCC, LADAC, Licensed Psychologist & Life Coach. And Hack Guitarist.
Thanks for stopping by to visit…I know there are a lot of therapists’ or coaches’ pages you could be visiting right now, and I appreciate that you have stopped by mine…
I believe that to a very significant degree, we create our own experience, largely as a matter of where we focus our attention and energy. That belief is pretty central to my Coaching and Therapy work. For that matter, it’s the core from which I live my life. I call it the Principle of Attraction. It’s something important for you to know, because my Counseling and Coaching practice are focused on empowerment, on you becoming the primary author of your life. Boom…
Who Comes to See Me, and Why?Sometimes life just gets complicated, and you feel like it might be useful to talk to somebody. Who hasn’t been there? If we are a good match, we’ll work to get you back on the path of your unique journey. Know that we’ll focus a lot on the positive, on your potential. We will address what’s up for you (relationships, anxiety, depressed feelings), but we won’t get stuck in the past, or stay “problem-focused.” That is one of the errors of most “therapy”, from my perspective…If you want to go work in the past, on long-ago trauma, or “attachment” work, I am probably not your guy…That can be good work (it can also be a waste of a lot of time…), but it is not what I do, or want to do… Sometimes symptoms (depression, anxiety) come from the fact that our culture (or family, or partner, or boss) have expectations for how we should “be” that don’t match how we ARE, or want to be. Carl Rogers articulated this long ago. We get out of synch with our true selves. It’s not a good thing…And way too often, going back into the past and mucking around with what did or did not happen in 1971 is just not useful…Seriously…
Who I Work With
I work best with those that share my view of self-empowerment. It might surprise you that many people, and much Psychology Theory, place a lot of the power outside of the individual. (“I am the way I am because of stuff my mother did, or didn’t do, back in 1963”; “My life would be better if it weren’t for the Republican Party, Donald Trump, and Mercury Retrograde.”)
I really strive to make us the driver of our own bus. When people put the power outside of themselves, they tend to end up blaming others, playing the victim, not taking responsibility for their lives, and generally moving away from the approach to living that we’re talking about here. I can’t do that kind of work. Ethically, I think it is misguided.
Anyway, I have been a Therapist and Coach for over twenty-five years, and I would love to help you shape your own life adventure in the direction that will bring you the most joy, prosperity, and professional success.
Feel free to contact me at Drjamesmichaelnolan@gmail.com. Seriously–I will answer your email. Unless you are a phone person-then text me at 505-699-7616 (I tend to be a better texter than phone call guy, but can do either…)
Either way, it’s time for change, and if you’ve read this far, you probably know that. I would be honored to be a part of your journey…
New Mexico Psychologist License #1382
New Mexico Licensed Professional Counselor License #0183411
New Mexico Alcohol & Drug Addictions Counselor License #0183421
Hawaii Psychologist License #1653
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