The topic of mental health has risen in popularity over the past few years, and from being a tabu subject for many it has now become a one of the most common topics portrayed by the media in times of Covid19.
How can psychotherapy and coaching help you during a global crisis?
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 a professional practitioner who is external to the dynamics and situations that you are challenging you.
While it is important to recognise that psychotherapists and life coaches have different trainings, they will both support you in gaining further insight into 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. Hence, in your work with a psychotherapist, you are not expected to know what the end goal of your sessions will be as sessions often have an exploratory nature. The therapeutic and coaching relationship both offer you opportunity to find your own answers and solutions and start dealing with difficulties more effectively.
By interacting with a psychotherapist or coach, you can gradually start seeing things from new perspectives and develop a sounding board for your deepest thoughts, fears and emotions. Psychotherapists and coaches will not spoon-feed you with answers or advice. They will 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 process to occur, it is important for you to find a therapist or coach who 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.
InsideOut helps you find the right mental health expert, so that you can receive the support you need and enhance your ability to cope with life’s many challenges. To access support, download the InsideOut App on your smartphone and start by creating your profile. Once you’ve completed our questionnaire you’ll be matched with three mental health experts within 24 hours. Then you will have the opportunity to book your first consultation session online with the therapist or coach of your choice.
If you’d like to learn more about the difference between coaching and therapy, you can read my article on how I combine creative psychotherapy and life coaching in my practice here, or visit Pebbles for more resources on therapy, coaching and wellbeing.
Author: Sarah Speziali, Chief Therapist at InsideOut
Date: 9th April 2020