In our busy, fast-paced world, many people struggle daily with mental health issues like stress, anxiety, and depression. Whether they’re triggered or made worse by work, relationships, or family-living, not everyone finds it easy to seek help and guidance. 

But that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to manage find meaning, manage difficult symptoms, and get proactive about our well-being. 

Mental health coaching plays a valuable role in all of these, and is becoming increasingly more accessible from the comfort of your home. But how does it work, exactly? And what does great mental health coaching involve? 

What Is Mental Health Coaching?

Coaching has dramatically increased in popularity over the last decades, as awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle grows.

Health coaching, in particular, has a key part to play in all this, and in recent years has come to encompass the ever-important topic of psychological well-being.

Defined as “…a goal‐oriented, client‐centered partnership that is health‐focused and occurs through a process of client enlightenment and empowerment,” health coaching can help many people address pressing mental health challenges in a competitive and complex world.

Among its many potential applications, mental health coaching can help individuals better cope with many common issues such as anxiety, stress, and depression.

As an individual, learning how to approach your problems and define your goals can make a big difference in your life – professional or personal – and as such, mental health coaching has grown in popularity.

What Does It Involve?

To clarify, mental health coaching is not equivalent to mental health therapy or treatment, but describes a support system that can enhance the latter’s results, complementing more formal approaches to recovery.

More specifically, working with a professional coach and methodologies of the discipline, individuals can:

  • Identify their personal mental health and well-being goals
  • Recognize where and how behavior change will help them achieve those goals
  • Get help with decision-making about action plans, and
  • Understand how to better use their mental, social, and physical resources in achieving them.

Mental health coaching uses a series of methods and techniques that focus on the strengths one has and how exactly they can put them to use when reaching their future goals.

Crockett Wellness Coaches will use established frameworks and coaching models to provide a service that often acts as a safety net during recovery and dealing with difficult mental health symptoms.

Crockett Wellness Coaches will use established frameworks and coaching models to provide a service that often acts as a safety net during recovery and dealing with difficult mental health symptoms.

Mental Health Coaching Versus Therapy

Mental health treatments address a wide range of issues, from potentially deadly illnesses to less immediately threatening, sub-clinical symptoms.

Within this diverse field, therapists describe licensed, accredited professionals – typically specializing in helping patients whose ailments meet Diagnostic and Statistical (DSM-V) criteria, such as:

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and
  • Conduct Disorders.

In contrast, general and mental health coaches use less ‘vigorous’ approaches to deal with the same issues. While they may be very experienced and the service they provide is often essential as part of a larger blended care treatment program, coaches are not trained to diagnose illnesses or prescribe clinical treatments.

Mental health coaching should be seen as a complementary form of treatment, and not as a replacement for therapy.

Do I Want Coaching or Therapy?

The way mental health coaching is used depends a lot on what a client is dealing with, and how difficult the recovery is for him/her.

People who struggle with mental health disorders should seek professional help and see a therapist or teletherapist, who can make an educated assessment of their state. They might give the green light for coaching or they might keep the clients on traditional treatment in parallel.

Clients who choose coaching exclusively are mostly clients with sub-clinical – or less “serious” symptoms” who are mainly looking for a way to achieve more, be more successful at what they are doing, or find something that makes them happier.