What is Mental Health Coaching?
Mental health coaching is a form of strengths-based support for persons living with mental health difficulties and disorders. Coaches help clients develop healthy balance in life, give guidance in decision making, offer support in navigating mental health difficulties, and assistance in establishing a recovery plan. Coaches help clients find ways to obtain and maintain stability, manage difficult symptoms, rebuild relationships, and find purpose for living. Coaches also help clients find resources for professional care and treatment and family support and education.
Mental health coaches are unlike licensed mental health care providers in that coaches do not diagnose or offer professional care or treatment for mental health difficulties and disorders. Coaches support positive change, helping persons in professional care to manage symptoms, build support for recovery, and work on life goals such as relationships, work, and education. Mental health coaching is action-oriented with an emphasis on improving one’s present life as well as, reaching future goals.
Mental health coaches use a partnership model wherein the client is considered to be the expert on his or her life, the one who decides what is worth doing, while the coach provides expertise in supporting successful change. Mental health coaching focuses on achieving any goals important to the client, not just recovery-related goals. Mental health coaching emphasizes honoring values and making principle-based decisions, creating a clear plan of action, and using current strengths to reach future goals. The coach provides accountability to help the client stay on track.
If you have questions related to a congregant’s mental health issues or need assistance finding a referral for professional services, trained mental health coaches are available at the Hope and Healing Center & Institute to assist you. Please complete the information form below and a mental health coach will contact you within one business day.