Before we dive in, we should make a very clear distinction. Mental health coaches are not the same as your personal psychologists. That being said, mental health coaches are also trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Mental health coaches do not treat severe mental health problems such as depression, high functioning anxiety, dissociation and psychosis. Rather they are trained to make sure that an individual is comfortable with the emotional tools they have to face everyday challenges.
Personal Mental Health coaching does not take the “one size fits all” approach. These coaches draw from personal experiences, past mental health history, behaviour traits and family history of mental health issues. Unlike mental health professionals, one would not need a doctor’s referral to see a mental health coach. This makes it easier for individuals to seek access to supportive resources immediately.
Personal mental health coaching does not involve treating complex clinical problems but aims to boost a person’s mental health by helping them build emotional tools for relationship problems, workplace stress, peer issues and changing thinking patterns. Since these require constant work, personal mental health coaches assist by helping you grow and adapt to situations overtime by changing the way you respond to situations.
Personal mental health coaching allows you to keep improving in your daily life. Here is an interesting read that highlights the importance of mental health coaching in reducing anxiety and depression symptoms. The work of the personal coaches is entirely evidence based and goal oriented. We focus on you and your goals – and what you want to focus on.