HHP: Coaching & Therapy

Tenets Coaching vs Therapy Getting Started Therapists Coaches

 

Key Tenets of Healthy Healer Program (HHP) Coaching & Therapy Services:

  • Developed by your peers 

  • Quality professionals

    • Coaches and therapists are vetted by WCMS and have an understanding for working with medical providers
  • Discounted for WCMS Members

    • All coaches and therapists participating through HHP will offer a 15% discount on their professional fees to current members of WCMS.
  • Voluntary 

    • HHP services can only be initiated by you.  No mandated referrals allowed. 
  • Confidential & Independent

    • Coaching and Counseling sessions will not be reported to the medical board, employer, WCMS, or any other 3rd party.  (save very few exceptions; see the Policies & Procedures)
    • In fact, new language adopted in 2016 by the NC Medical Board recognizes and accepts that physicians may seek help for burnout or mental health without having to report it to the Board.  For more on this new language, read Dr. Robert Henderson' letter.
    • These services are for self-pay only, so no insurance will be billed and no insurance record created.

For more information, download the full HHP Policies & Procedures document.

Coaching vs Therapy

HHP offers both coaching and counseling services.  But which one makes the most sense for you?  Here are some basic differences between the two:

Coaching

Therapy

  • Objectives- to help people maximize their fulfillment in life and work.
  • Objectives- to address and resolve problems relating to interpersonal health (i.e. anxiety, depression, relational stressors, addictions)
  • Mostly future-oriented (focus on goals, untapped potential to promote present wellness). 
  • Mostly past-oriented (encourages awareness of past issues to promote present wellness).
  • Approach- more active: coaches may make recommendations, help brainstorm solutions/strategies, create structured plans of action.                           
  • Approach- more retrospective: therapists are less likely to give advice, and help guide client to find their own answers.
  • Education/Credentials- while few official requirements exist, WCMS vets coaches for quality experience and college education at minimum.  Many HHP coaches are also MD’s and/or ICF certified.
  • Education/Credentials- official requirements are more extensive. Minimum of a Master's Degree and hundreds of hours of supervised training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Started

Although we have vetted these coaches and therapists to help you narrow down the field, ultimately you are the one to decide which professional best fits your need. Please take the time to interview these providers independently to insure your satisfaction.

  1. Review the Info Sheet for HHP Therapists and/or the Info Sheet for HHP Coaches 
  2. Contact the therapist/coach directly to see if they're a good match for you (website is included on the info sheet)
  3. Be sure to tell the therapist/coach that you are a WCMS member so you can obtain the 15% discount
  4. During your first appointment, the therapist/coach will request some paperwork, including these forms to be completed anonymously:
    • Informed Consent Form (which goes directly to 3rd party for anonymous safe-keeping)
    • Demographics Form (which helps WCMS measure the reach of the program)
    • Survey (which helps WCMS measure the effectiveness of the program)

Therapists

WCMS has contracted with the following mental health professionals who have been vetted for their ability and experience to work with physicians.  

  • Mitch Durham, PhD

  • Rebecca Norton, PsyD

  • Sotile Center for Resilience (Group)

    • Julia Sotile Orlando, MSW LCSW

View the Info Sheet on HHP Therapists (areas of focus, pricing, photo & website) 

 

Coaches

WCMS has contracted with the following coaches who have been vetted for their ability and experience to work with physicians.  

  • Happy MD Group 

    • Maiysha Clairborne, MD
    • Mark Jaben, MD
    • Pam Pappas, MD
    • Harjot Singh, MD
  • Sotile Center for Resilience (Group)

    • Rebecca Sotile Fallon, MS CWC
    • Julia Sotile Orlando, MSW LCSW
    • Wayne Sotile, PhD

View the Info Sheet on HHP Coaches (areas of focus, pricing, photo & website)