Need help making decisions?

Having trouble setting or reaching goals?

Not sure how to deal with problems?

If the answer to any of those scenarios is in the affirmative, then a new service being offered at Truespa Skin Care, at 234 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, could be just the anecdote.

Kara Scott has been hired as a life coach to offer advice on professional and personal matters. Since 2001, Scott has been a practicing therapist, working mostly with families and children in Carbon County. Prior to that, she worked as a therapist and therapeutic program coordinator for a facility for adolescents.

"Although I relished the achievements of my clients, I found myself questioning the idea of working with "dysfunction," and creating a dependency on services to dig through problems that are preventing them from achieving their goals," Scott said. "So, I trained in life coaching."

Scott added, "The simplest way to explain the difference is that therapy will lead a person from dysfunctional to functional, and coaching will take a person from functional to optimal."

"Most of the people I served through the years were not dysfunctional," she said. "They needed a light to guide their way through the darkness; not a diagnosis or a medication."

Since there will always be a need for therapists, and because some people's needs are more severe than others, Scott said those individuals whose needs are beyond the scope of the coaching will be referred to a trusted and more intensive service to better meet their needs.

"I believe you have all the best answers to fulfill your purpose in life inside of you; I want to help you find them," she said. "Coaching has been around for awhile, but is finally becoming a more prominent field of study."

Scott said she and Tricia Schaefer, owner of Truespa, began to discuss the concept of blending their services in the spring.

"It started as a whisper," she said. "A crazy, shared idea that we could provide holistic mind and body care to the people we serve in the most comfortable environment as possible."

Schaefer said the service is "another way of healing."

"Our oncology skin care clients are looking for a relaxing atmosphere, and they want to be able to share what they're going through," Schaefer said. "She coaches people through to help find what's inside of them."

Schaefer added, "She's a great listener."

Scott said she will offer her first consultation for free.

To schedule an appointment with Scott, call 610-826-4900.