Let's Talk About Life Coaches...
I remember the first time I heard the word coaching as a technique and not watching an NFL game, the concept seemed a bit strange to me. A neighbor, a married adult lady with children, commented on her new profession, “life coach” she called it. She basically explained that she helped people meet life goals with plans and motivation. At first, it sounded like having my own personal cheerleader.
A few years have passed and coaches are already as well-known and are almost as popular as any other career, however, there is a bit of controversy with that term and its effectiveness, especially in the psychology community.
Many mental health professionals claim that under no circumstances should you substitute a therapist or psychotherapeutic treatments for a coach, as this does not qualify as a certified professional. Many people, on the other hand, have expressed how coaching has changed their lives, and that if it wasn’t for a life coach they would not have achieved several of their greatest goals.
Who is right? Is coaching a scam? Are psychologists jealous for not having such a cool name as “coach”? Can these two disciplines coexist?
Are Coaches Just Psychologists With Sweaters And Headsets?
A coach is a person who masters communication skills and knows how to apply them to you so that you feel capable of achieving the goals you set for yourself. Something like the coach of a sports team but instead of being soccer, the game is called Life (I hate that game, I’m always picked last).
The coach will accompany you throughout the journey, verifying that you are doing what is necessary to get you closer to where you want to be. For that, the coach will use advice, training, talks, principles and basically whatever it takes to motivate you. The main difference between coaching and other disciplines is that it does not have an established theoretical structure, you can’t simply go to university and have a coaching degree. Coaches are usually certified in courses endorsed by different institutions. Each person's case and goals are different, so the techniques that the coach uses will be unique each time.
You are probably thinking that many of these things are done by a psychologist and actually they do. In essence, coaching is born from basic theories of psychology, such as behaviorism and cognition. However, the coach will apply anything to help you be successful, be it philosophical thoughts, linguistics, spiritualism, whatever is within reach.
A Reliable Psychologist
A psychologist, on the other hand, is someone who has studied the human mind and how it works for years. From how we perceive anything, going through our emotions to our behavior and how we react to the outside world. In addition to studying, every psychologist and psychiatrist must be certified to be registered in a union where he must abide by ethical standards.
As mentioned before, it is important that you know the style and fundamentals of each psychologist so that you can find the one that is right for you. Once I met a therapist who relied on astrology and vibes to help her patients, personally I would not opt for that, but I know that it can be the solution for several, I am simply too Aquarius.
A certified professional has an extensive list of tools, techniques and procedures to meet the needs of the patient, in addition to observation and interview, a psychologist uses many methods without us knowing (what ?! can they read minds?), As they studied hard, they read other famous psychoanalysts and learned from them. That is why they do not like the idea that other people without studies claim to have the answer to solve the problems of all who need it.
Where Psychology And Coaching Meet
It cannot be denied that coaching is successful, because if it were not, then it would not exist. That is why many psychologists realized this and decided to combine their knowledge acquired by the academy and the experience with the techniques and even so appealing that the coach has, this is called clinical coaching or coaching psychology.
Two things that are so similar cannot be separated for so long. A psychologist who has mastered coaching knows everything about the brain's cognitive triad (how you feel, how you think and how you act) and with this knowledge apply methods a little less conventional than those of traditional psychology.
Imagine having your own personal cheerleader, but now the cheerleader has a PhD.
So what should you do? If you have a friend who recommended you to get a life coach, you can give him a try, you just have to make sure that they really are a certified professional or not just someone who is very good at marketing. Yes, there are indeed many fakes out there promising life changes with a couple of motivational images and a video of Rocky training, so keep vigilant if you decide to get yourself a life coach.
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