Tricia Parido| July 18, 2019 | https://turningleavesrecovery.com
Over the years I have dealt with many issues that presented me with the need for therapeutic intervention, support, and guidance to handle the depressive states, uncontrolled anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, and trauma. I engaged with counselors, therapists, and life coaches to obtain balance, mental health stability, and effective coping skills. For the most part, my interactions were beneficial, that is except for when I was leaning on the wrong professional for a specific need which at the time, I didn’t know could be a real thing. I thought a mental health provider, regardless of their title would be appropriate. What I know now that I have studied all three at great lengths is that there is a difference between the therapeutic model and the coaching model of care. The tricky part for most people is knowing who to seek for what situation.
To quote Sharon Saline, PsyD, who wrote What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew, “Therapy and coaching both facilitate change in people and assist them with gaining perspective on their problems.” She goes on to explain the similarities and differences as approaches and licensure requirements. What I found interesting is that she pointed out that therapists assess, diagnose, and treat DSM classified mental health conditions from a holistic perspective whereas coached take a more educational process using a wellness model. I describe the differences more as one (therapy) works more in the past leading up to now and the other (coaching) works more in the now going forward. But it is important to know that not all therapists or coaches have the same knowledge or skill sets. For example, I practice as a Nationally Certified Life Coach, but I hold nine other coaching credentials along with counseling and I have a degree in Psychology which may set me apart from another coach that solely focuses on career coaching.
I do a great deal of reading about the different approaches available and listen to the general populations’ confusion when it comes to choosing a provider. Here are the most frequently suggested questions to consider asking yourself during your selection process.
I can’t express enough how life-changing and empowering engaging in mental health and life improvement can be, regardless of what type of a provider you ultimately need to seek out. Just be open, honest, and genuine. The time has long past when shame and guilt are attached to needing support.
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