Areas of Expertise
The role of a mental health coach is to identify the mental issues the client is struggling with. Issues, not illness, and this distinction can be difficult to make in many cases. In today’s day and age, people show signs of depression from their teenage years and unknowingly carry it throughout their lives. All the while is unaware of their potential. This slump in mental health can often be misdiagnosed as mental illness. That which could be treated with thought and behavioral modification end up being subject to medications, which not only deteriorates the mind but also takes a toll on the body.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
The life coach has an important role to play in the lives of people dealing with mental health problems, including depression. Mental health coaching can involve cognitive and behavioral therapies and support for people suffering from mental disorders.
Holistic Approach to Mental Health Issues
Life coaches take a holistic approach while dealing with individuals.
Bringing about long-term life changes through systemic changes. As a result of these changes, your brain is able to handle stress better by reacting more positively to circumstances, conversations, conflicts, and challenges
Executive coaching has made a significant difference in the lives of numerous CEOs and CXOs and has helped them deal with stress more effectively.
Let’s use an example of someone afraid of learning how to drive a car to show the difference between mental health coaching and mental health counseling.
This individual had a counselor and a coach ready to help. How would they approach the problem differently? A counselor would talk to you before you got in the car, delve into your past to find out what negative experiences you’ve had with driving and cars.
The coach would ask you to get in the driver’s seat, sit next to you in the passenger seat, ask you where you want to go, show you the map of how to get there, hand you the keys, explain the basics of the car, and offer support and guidance as you drove away.
Though there are significant differences between mental health coaching and counseling, there is an overlap. Counselors provide many of the same services as coaches, and coaching borrows from psychology to work with clients. Both do a great job of helping clients, and they can coexist side-by-side to help people overcome mental health issues and work toward their life goals.
Life coaches inspire and guide clients on a wide variety of personal and professional issues. Life coaches also help individuals achieve their life goals. Coaches help people set goals, strategize on how to achieve them, and hold them accountable in the process of working towards achieving these goals.
Many types of mental health issues, including anxiety disorders, loss of interest, and bipolar disorder are dealt with on some level, by life coaches. While Life Coaches are not medical professionals and should never attempt to diagnose or treat mental health issues, they can support people who suffer from depressive disorders.