A Mental Health Coach is a facilitator of change. Much like an athletic coach, a mental health coach creates an individualized plan, bringing to light the client’s vision and goals. They also offer tools, tips and resources for success while monitoring progress as the client moves towards their specific goal. A certified mental health coach is trained to ask questions that help uncover the most efficient way to move forward and achieve goals. They are trained to use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and strengths-based support for their clients. A good mental health coach should be an Effective Listener, Ethical, Empathetic, Motivating, and Inspirational.
Mental Health Coaching is a partnership where the coach guides the client to discover the answers to their problems and help you to deepen your relationship with your child and end common battles. Coaching can reduce your stress level, and help you find more joy and satisfaction in your role as a parent. It not only helps the client conquer obstacles, but it also creates learned behavior to carry on in life. Unlike therapy or counseling, the client is in charge of their success. The coach will promote progress through motivation, communication, and accountability. Coaching enables clarity, self-discovery, and the ability to become an advocate for your child’s mental health.
Mental Health Coaching is not a substation for a medical professional. It will not provide a medical diagnosis or prescribe medication. Coaching is not therapy or counseling. It is not focused on feelings from the past, rather it is focused on goal setting and looking forward to the future. A coach is not a consultant who will figure everything out and “fix everything.”
Mental health is on a spectrum, and psychotherapy may not be the best behavioral health option for your specific needs and challenges. Coaches rely on evidence-based techniques, while tailoring their approaches to best serve each client’s unique needs and circumstances. Much like therapists, coaches listen deeply to their clients to gain an understanding of their personal needs, challenges, and hopes. A therapist is trained to listen and help you better understand the effects of past experiences on your life. A coach will work with you to focus on developing skills for a better future for you and your family.
When stripped down, mental health coaching is a conversation. To understand the client’s needs, the coach will ask questions that get to the root of the problem. By understanding the big picture, the client and coach will create small goals that create a journey towards the BIG GOAL! Along this journey, the client will acquire a toolkit filled with resources that they can take away with them and apply for the rest of their life.