Local counselor Dan Crowley is now offering services as a life coach to help people reach their goals.

SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Dan Crowley has been a mental health therapist for over 42 years.Local counselor Dan Crowley is now offering services as a life coach.

Crowley has a master of social work degree and has been a mental health therapist for over 42 years.

"I would like folks to know that the difference between being a life coach and a psychotherapist is that a life coach helps you find a way to solve your material problems. A psychotherapist wants to solve your emotional problems," Crowley said.

A life coach will usually ask you what goal you want to set and reach, then use different techniques to help you problem solve the road blocks that keep you from achieving your goals, he said.

A psychotherapist wants to help you feel better by helping relieve the inner stressors people have contained in their minds because of erroneous beliefs they carry in their subconscious, he noted.

Crowley's ultimate goal as a life coach and mental health counselor is to help people process their emotions and resolve their problems.

His background includes leaving high school at age 17 and enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, where he spent a 20-year career. While in the Air Force, he completed a GED, and an undergraduate degree.

After retiring from the military, he enrolled in a graduate program, graduated within 18 months, and opened a private practice in 1981 in San Antonio, Texas. He retired from private practice after 22 years and returned to his hometown of Madras in 2002.

Not ready for complete retirement, he and his wife, Darlene, bought Willow Creek Books, which they ran for three years. Next, Crowley worked for Rimrock Trails Adolescent Treatment Center, for the Pathways program at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, Deschutes County Mental Health Center, and BestCare Treatment Services in Madras, serving clients at BestCare's Best Club. He retired from BestCare in July 2018.

His new life coach business is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by appointment. Crowley can be reached at 541-325-2118.

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