I am an ardent supporter of both counseling and coaching. I have benefitted tremendously from both – and I still do! Sometimes counseling is the right fit for someone – coaches are not in the position to treat mental health disorders or recommend any medications – and sometimes coaches are the right fit for a person.
Mental health, I’ve come to realize, exists on a continuum. Pretty much like our generalized concept of health!
When I was growing up, needing to go to counseling or have any mental health support was stigmatized and largely misunderstood. Mental health care is much less stigmatized than it used to be, and I believe that culturally we are continuing to learn more about the importance of mental health care and maintenance, even within the structure of a faith practice.
Well before the COVID-19 era, people were predicting that mental health would be the next “pandemic” – and I expect that to continue to be the case as we all collectively recover from the trauma of the past two years.
This study by BetterUp Labs, that I’ve linked to above found that those who participated in coaching experienced improvement in their abilities to manage stress in their lives and they experienced better relationships and connectedness to others in just 3 months. By six months, they experienced growth in resilience and people found a better understanding of purpose in life.
Overall, they conclude that, “An investment of time and resources in personalized professional coaching is effective to improve mental health. Coaching helps build the skills to adapt, recover, and grow from challenging situations, as well as predicts an improvement in life satisfaction.”
Emily is a certified and trauma-aware life coach, specializing in breakthrough experiences.