LIGHTNING RELEASES: Phoenix, AZ (5/30/2014)– A trusting relationship determines whether therapy, coaching or any sort of human services is effective. If the client doesn’t feel safe and respected they’re not going to allow the therapist or coach to have an impact. Developing that trusting relationship requires empathy, insight and unconditional acceptance.

For over 20 years, Tara J. Nolan has been practicing as a psychiatric social worker, community mental health therapist and private practice therapist. Today, Nolan is the founder of Phoenix Life Coach, where she applies her broad experience as a psychotherapist to help guide clients to reach new levels of achievement in their personal, professional, spiritual or fitness goals.

“I have a very strong clinical background, but I also wanted to work with people who didn’t necessarily have a psychological disorder,” explains Nolan. “There are plenty of people who want to make changes in their lives. So I shifted my practice away from disorders and problems of the past to helping my clients achieve their highest potential, and that is what life coaching does.”

Where therapy is very much pathology oriented –  a therapist does an assessment, develops a diagnosis, formulates a treatment plan and conducts follow-up – coaching is much more future oriented, helping people to identify their life’s goals and find their untapped talents and strengths.

“I’ve always been very positive in my orientation,” says Nolan. “Even as a therapist, I always encouraged my clients to look to the future and harness their strengths to create a better future. When life coaching became a legitimate profession, it really resonated with me because I’d been doing that anyway.”

Nolan says while there is no linear path to success, nothing worth achieving is easy. She works with clients from all walks of life and all faiths: men, women, individuals, couples and families. For those clients who seek spiritual coaching for a better understanding of God, Nolan works from a Judeo-Christian perspective to help people overcome their shame or guilt or negativity in terms of misconceptions about God.

“My personal mission statement is to serve God by helping others,” says Nolan. “Whether that’s as a therapist or a life coach, I am dedicated and impassioned about what I do and committed to the welfare of my clients.”

Close-Up Talk Radio will feature Tara J. Nolan in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on June 3rd at 8:30pm EST.

Listen to the show If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information on Phoenix Life Coach, visit  

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