Having been in and out of therapy for the majority of my adult life and having gained so much insight from it, I decided to become a professional at it and help others navigate their inner landscapes. With a growing amount of buzz around the words mental health, wellbeing and self-development people often ask me if going to therapy and having a life coach is all part of this craze and if it actually works.
While I think it’s wonderful to see how mental health has risen in popularity and how people are talking about it with much less stigma compared to just a few years ago. I agree that having so much information to navigate through, especially around such delicate topics, can be quite confusing and can make it difficult to understand how this kind of support can improve our wellbeing.
So what is it that makes psychotherapy and coaching a good investment of our time and money?
Unlike talking to a friend or family member, talking to a psychotherapist or life coach offers you the opportunity to discuss your thoughts and feelings with someone external to the dynamics and situations that you are being challenged by.
While it’s important to say that psychotherapists and life coaches are trained in different ways, they both will support you in gaining further insight on a specific area of your life. In very general terms, psychotherapy usually focuses on more in depth work, addressing your past to understand your present better while coaching focuses on your future and on how you can act differently in your present to achieve your future goals.
In your work with a psychotherapist you are not expected to know what the end goal of your sessions will be as sessions have often an exploratory nature. Both the therapeutic and coaching relationship are an opportunity for you to find your own answers and solutions and start dealing with difficulties in a better way.
By talking to your psychotherapist or coach you can gradually start seeing things from new perspectives and use this interaction as a sounding board for your deepest thoughts, fears and emotions. Psychotherapists and coaches won’t spoon-feed you with answers or advice, but support you in finding new answers to your questions by promoting self-reflection and deeper insight in relation to your behaviour and thought patterns. For this to occur it is important for you to find the right kind of therapist or coach. Someone you feel you can trust and who is going to be able to walk along side you while you venture on this rich and often complicated journey of self-exploration.
If you’d like to learn more about the difference between coaching and therapy, you can read my article on how I bring together creative psychotherapy and life coaching in my practice. www.sarahspeziali.com/blog and find more resources on https://www.facebook.com/Pebbles4yourPocket/