When thinking about the term ‘coaching’, there may be a number of images that pop into your head; the captain of a sports team perhaps. In fact, there are many types of coaches, that all serve different purposes. So in that case, it’s not a matter of whether there is a coach out there for you, but rather when you should seek one out!
By clicking on this article it’s clear that some form of this question has been on your mind. Maybe you are looking for support of some kind, but not sure who to turn too? Maybe you are in need of change, but have no idea where to start? Well let me see if I can help you to understand whether coaching, of any kind, is right for you…
I think to begin with, it’s important for us to be clear what coaching is not. Coaching is not counselling. While someone like myself, who has had extensive psychological training and utilises therapeutic practices to support clients, coaching in of itself is not a replacement for proper therapy. If you or someone that you know is showing signs of serious depression or anxiety, or any other mental disorder, then it’s best to reach out to a mental health practitioner.
UK MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT LINES:
Mind (Mental Health Charity) – 0300 123 3393
Samaritans (General Support) – 116 123
BEAT Eating Disorders – 0808 801 0677
NHS Emergency Helpline – 111
That said, it’s not uncommon for people who are seeking mental health support to also be a recipient of coaching as well. Much like how a doctor helps you to take care of your physical health, and a therapist takes care of your mental health, a Health & Wellness Coach can help you with the everyday management of these two health factors, which often interact with another. A coach may even be the driving force to seek out counselling in the first place.
So in that sense, the first answer to the question ‘When should I seek out coaching?’ would be if you are someone who is experiencing a mental health issue, and would like some extra support in managing this alongside the other struggles of everyday life.
But, coaching is not reserved to those who are experiencing serious mental health issues. While coaching is not all too dissimilar to counselling in its approach to helping people, the practice is mostly utilised by individuals who are in need of support, but where counselling is not appropriate or useful to them. In other words, pretty much everyone!
Coaching can be the catalyst for real, positive, and permanent change in your life. You are likely reading this already mindful of what it is that you want to change. Especially in the current situation the world is in right now, it is no surprise if you have had an ‘awakening’ of some kind, and want to turn your life around for the better. In that sense, a coach can really help you to build your new life, and guide you towards the right path.
There are too many types of coaches to list them all individually here. But you should know that if you have a problem, a need to change, or a desire to attain something in your personal or professional life, there is a coach for that. Coaching is for everyone.
So now you’re hopefully at a point where you realise that coaching is indeed right for you, and something you are seriously considering taking up. But how do you go about doing that? Unfortunately, there isn’t always a clear answer to this.
However, if you are seeking support for your physical health and/or mental wellbeing, then you are certainly in the right place for that! As a Health & Wellness Coach I support my clients in managing their everyday life in order to live healthier and happier. That can be from supporting dietary changes and exercise routines, to helping them process emotions around certain relationships in their life.
Often times I help my clients deal with the ‘s’ word. Stress. We all have to manage some form of stress in our lives, whether it’s from work, education, relationships, or the day-to-day runnings of everyday life. However we don’t often know the best or healthiest ways to cope with this stress. If you struggle with this, consider looking into my Stress Management Programme.