Have you ever wondered how to benefit from mental health life coaching?
What Is Life Coaching?
A life coach is a type of wellness professional that leads you on the path toward a better you. They help to clarify your goals, identify obstacles that hold you back as well as come up with strategies to overcome those obstacles.
There are many types of life coaches; some specialize in career coaching, health and wellness coaching as well as mental health coaching.
Why Mental Health Life Coaching Is Important?
When you’re being helped for emotional well being and personal growth, the default option for help is therapy. It’s also becoming more common to work with a mental health life coach.
What Is The Difference Between The Two?
The difference between therapy and a mental health life coach is the area of focus.
When you’re seeking therapy from a professional, their area of focus is mental health and also emotional healing. Also, therapists are trained in a field of healthcare and require a license. A therapist is who you turn to seek treatment for a mental health issue such as anxiety or depression.
The area of focus for a mental health life coach is helping you to set and achieve goals. They help you overcome the stuck feeling you may feel because of anxiety or even bipolar disorder.
Life coaches are not trained mental health professionals. They’re not equipped to diagnose or treat your mental health issues. However, they can help you with shifting your mindset toward getting treatment. Also, coaching helps with bringing awareness to a problem that you didn’t realize you had.
In a previous post, “Let’s Explore How Self-Awareness Leads To A Better Self”, we learned how lack of self-awareness may causes problems. For example if you have bipolar disorder, you have frequent mood swings.
When mood swings happen, you may not be aware of how they change you at that moment. At one moment, you may be stable and are able to finish daily tasks. However, when your having a mood swing, you may not be aware that you’re having trouble finishing those same daily tasks. As a result, you end up getting in trouble at work.
Having a mental health life coach helps you to come up with a coping strategy for managing mood swings.
Examples Of How It Helps?
Therapy is what you seek when you need to treat mental health issues. However, you may face other problems as well as baggage from them.
For example, you may see a therapist to treat bipolar disorder. Even with treatment, you may still have problems with low self-esteem as well as having limiting beliefs about yourself. As a result, you may feel stuck in life and feel that you can’t achieve anything because of your mental illness.
Problems That Life Coaches Help With:
Having low self-esteem can be the result of a mental illness or it could be due to the label put on you by society. As a result, you may feel that you’re being held back or you don’t deserve to be successful because of your illness.
Coaching can help you with affirming your real worth. Also, it helps you with eliminating self-criticism as well as promote self-compassion.
In a previous post, “How To Overcome Limiting Beliefs”, we learned that some people have toxic beliefs that hold them back. For example, some people have a limiting belief that they’re not worthy of happiness. As a result, they have a fear of failure when it comes to forming successful relationships.
Limiting beliefs are assumptions about reality that are not true. Once a coach knows what they are, they’ll help to address them as well as change them. As a result, you’ll adopt more positive beliefs that are more grounded in reality.
In a previous post, “What To Do To Get Unstuck In Life?”, we learned that you can feel stuck because of your life situation. For example, you may feel boxed in because of a chronic issue such as bipolar disorder. As a result, it takes a toll on your self-esteem.
Coaching can help you become an agent of change. For example, a coach helps you with changing your mindset as well as take a an empowered path toward change.
How To Benefit From Mental Health Life Coaching?
If you’re interested in life coaching and you want to get the most benefit from it, here’s what you need to know.
Ways To Get The Most Benefit Include:
Finding A Coach Who Specializes In Mental Health:
Life coaching just like any other line of work is specialized for specific needs. For example, mental health life coaching is a specialty but it can be even more specialized.
Some mental health life coaches specialize in working with someone who has bipolar disorder. Also, there are others that specialize in other disorders such as PTSD as well as anxiety disorders.
It’s even better if your coach has the disorder that they’re specialized in. For example, if your coach has bipolar disorder, they may be able to see things from the same point of view as the person they’re coaching.
Determine If A Coach Has Been Trained:
Life coaching in general is an unregulated industry, so it’s important to ask a coach about their training. For example, coaches usually receive their training from coaching schools or they get trained one-on-one by other coaches.
Sometimes, a coach who is trained one-on-one by another coach may be better. Also, there are times where a coach who pays $8000 for a certification may or may not be as good. It’s important to ask before you sign on with a life coach.
Determine How Much It Will Cost:
How much does life coaching cost? Is it expensive?
The majority of life coaches who work with individuals 1:1 charge about $200 to $1,000 per month for a 30 – to – 60 minute call three or four times a month. Most coaches ask for a 3 to 6 month commitment when you sign up with their program.
Also, some coaches offer other products or programs other than 1:1 coaching. Some write e books as well as audio books. There are coaches the even offer free quizzes that lead to paid assessments.
Have A Consultation With Your Coach:
Most coaches give you the option of a free discovery call.
What is a discovery call?
A discovery call is the first initial conversation a coach will have with you after showing initial interest with working with them. They’re a good opportunity for you to get a sense for what it would be like to work with that coach and also to see if their coaching program is a good fit.
Assess Their Successes And Results:
Life coaches are assessed on how much of a benefit you’re receiving. Also, they’re assessed on past successes as well.
If you see improvement in how you see yourself and you no longer have a toxic belief system, then that’s says something about your coach. Also, if you have the tangible benefit of no longer feeling stuck and you’re able to achieve your goals despite having problems. That’s a sign of a good coach.
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