In their 2022 publication, authors Sagui-Henson, Welcome Chamberlain, Smith, Li, Castro Sweet & Altman looked at the components of what we call the therapeutic alliance that permits a strong relationship to be built between a client and service provider. They recognized that, especially since the pandemic, the mental health needs are enormous and that it may not require therapists to address all the needs that exist. They include certified COACHES in their list of qualified providers.
To quote their article, “Given global gaps in the behavioral health workforce and the rising need from the pandemic, mental health services are expanding the criteria for who can provide care. This expansion includes paraprofessionals like certified professional coaches.”
They remind us that “Prior research has found that behavioral health coaching is an effective intervention for people with depressive and anxiety symptoms…and a recent meta-analysis on in-person coaching found that clients developed high-quality alliance with their coach, which positively influenced their satisfaction and self-efficacy.”
My own clients offer me similar feedback, noting that the relationship between us is key to their capacity to change and grow. Here’s some of what they’ve said:
- Paula actively listens and engages her clients through grounding exercises and thought-provoking questions. What I appreciate most is that she always ends the conversation with a call to action and follows up with a summary of the session. This encourages growth in her clients and empowers them to take a journey of self-discovery. I have appreciated my time with Paula and highly recommend others to her!
- She provides an environment wherein the client feels safe and supported in spite of any challenges or obstacles which have brought them to this particular moment in time. Her integrative approach to the health and wellness of the whole person is truly what makes this experience positive, transformative, and meaningful.
- Paula helped me put the stress and mayhem of my everyday life into perspective. In even a few sessions, I felt I was able to add new tools to my toolkit to help balance my personal and professional goals, and I know who to call if I ever need more!
- I felt relief that Paula genuinely understood my experience as a caregiver. She focused on helping me adopt self-care practices and learn what is really “enough” to achieve in a day. She offered encouragement and I could talk to her about anything that was challenging for me in both my caregiver role and in managing my own life around the needs of my loved one.
- Paula can help you see the clearest path up your mountain of worries, tasks and burdens. She won’t tell you what to do but will listen with her ears and her heart & will help you find the best path for yourself.
So, if you’re feeling hesitant about seeking out a coach or if you’re wondering if only a therapist can be of service to your needs, take a look at this article and realize there are many options open for you to pursue your own mental and emotional wellbeing.
Hoping that as you consider what the coming year will hold for you, perhaps investing some of your time and resources with a certified Health & Wellness Coach may be a gift you give yourself. A health and wellness coach can help you address a host of concerns you may be facing and can guide you through the changes you commit to making in order to improve you life and health.
Wishing you all the best in the coming year! And, by all means, let me know if I can help!
Reference: Sagui-Henson, S. J., Welcome Chamberlain, C. E., Smith, B. J., Li, E. J., Castro Sweet, C., & Altman, M. (2022). Understanding components of therapeutic alliance and well-being from use of a global digital mental health benefit during the COVID-19 pandemic: longitudinal observational study. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, 7(4), 439-450. Available at: https://link.springer.com/