As some may be aware, I am currently studying Mental Health and Addictions on the path to obtaining a Counselor Designation. This is something I am EXTREMELY passionate about and can not wait to live to my full potential with this goal.
In the meantime, I have set up my Coaching practice and I have been asked what is a coach and the difference between the two so hoping to clear up some questions.
Mental Health Coach
Coaches help people help themselves. Helping clients envision a life without the ailments they may be facing. It is a field where individuals touch on therapy and assist individuals with their Mental Health and does not explore into treating mental illness concerns.
Assistance with life goal planning, coping skills, life skills, holding clients accountable and providing support and guidance to clients in assisting them attain their own goals.
In my opinion, there isn’t really a tremendous amount of differences between a coach and a counselor. Counselling tends to focus more on the past and addressing issues to help heal you within the future, where coaching puts the client in the drivers seat and focus on changes that can be made NOW and going forward.
Coaching is not something I take lightly. Nor is it something I feel should be overly expensive for others to reap the benefits of. The other plus with coaching services is the fact that wait times are not nearly as long as waiting for a counselor (you should be seeing a coach while waiting to be seen by a counselor) and the fees are not as expensive.
If you are interested in your free consultation with me, feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and my fee structure is outlined on this site under the “Coaching Services” tab.
When looking for services, do not quickly dismiss a Coach for your needs. It may turn out it is exactly what you have been looking for!