PicturedPictured left-right: Liana Berry, Laura Smith and Joshua Wheaton
Coaching on the playing fields of the mind
by Regina Bost, Chamber intern
Coaches inspire, motivate and give people that extra push they need. Coaches can be found at sporting events, or even in the quiet setting of a counselor's office.
Life coaches encourage clients and help them along the path toward their desired success. Crossover Counseling and Coaching's proprietor Laura Smith says life coaching is a new venture that started when her office changed location.
The business, previously known as Crossover Counseling, is now located in a recently remodeled home at
"Life coaching is for well-adjusted adults who want to challenge how they experience life, focus on the present and establish their personal goals for the future," Smith wrote in her brochure. "We see coaching as a bridge to crossover from an emotionally healthy place to a place of further fulfillment - achieving true satisfaction and life purpose," she said.
Smith added life coaching to the private counseling practice she started in August 1996. Twelve counselors and two part-time life coaches - Joshua Wheaton and Liana
The goals of a life coach are “to help clients learn positive strategies and skills that will facilitate a more meaningful and productive life, to encourage clients to identify hindrances and barriers to personal growth and greater life fulfillment and to assist with presenting helpful resources that will aid in the client achieving his or her life goals," Smith said.
"We live in such a fast-paced world,"
Listening is the best tool life coaches use to help their clients. "We listen in order to help them put the puzzle together,"
Coaching topics include relationship, divorce-care, spiritual, life purpose, family/parenting, college preparation and adjustment, wellness, addiction, leadership accountability, life transition and character coaching.
Crossover's Life Coaching program lasts five weeks, but can be extended if more time is needed. A free consultation determines which coach is best matched for a client. The initial visit is face-to-face and lasts about 30 minutes. For the following five weeks, there will be at least one face-to-face, hour-long meeting per week. On the other days, coaching can be done through e-mails, text messages, over the phone and through Skype.
People interested in Crossover Life Coaching do not have to live in
When asked what made them want to become life coaches,
"I am a cheerleader at heart,"
Smith was drawn to life coaching while taking courses. Seeing how many exciting ways there are to help people through coaching made her want to bring it to Crossover. Smith's faith is an evident guide in her life and in her work.
"Life is so much richer and fuller than in the shallow water where we stagnate," Smith said.
Crossover Counseling and Coaching is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at
members offering counseling services
Ray Johnston Counseling
Contact Ray Johnston, L.C.S.W., S.A.P.
207- A Blount St., Nacogdoches, TX 75965
Phone (936) 569-8570
Contact Jan Rhodes
Phone (936) 564-4064
The East Texas Healing Center/The
Contact Cindy Hyde
Phone (936) 569-7729
Crossover Counseling and Coaching Contact Laura Smith
2214 N. Pecan,
Phone (936) 560-6855