Many people wonder what the difference is between a life coach, or in our case a life coach specializing in anxiety, and a therapist, and they wonder which will benefit their needs the most. So, let’s unravel this a bit.
Therapy vs Life Coaching
A therapist is often a counselor or psychologist with either a Masters, Doctorate or Ph.D. in their field. They are licensed by their state to practice and are focused on long-term patients. Interestingly enough, many former therapists have left their profession and gone on to become Life Coaches.
Life coaches are usually trained or experienced in their area of practice, often focusing on a niche, such as anxiety. They are encouraged to obtain certification, however, what they do is not regulated and does not require them to be certified.
The largest coaching credentialing organization in the world, The International Coach Federation (ICF), states that coaching is “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
Therapy is about uncovering and recovering. Coaching is about discovering.
Therapy and life coaching each take a different approach to helping their clients. While therapists may spend more time examining a patient’s past, looking for a diagnosis to satisfy insurance companies, coaching is more focused on the present and the future.
Coaches seek to establish a more personal relationship with their clients to help them work through their current issues and resolve them. Their less structured environment helps them to work with their clients as a team, rather than as a “doctor-patient” relationship.
A life coach’s goal is to offer emotional support, creative confidence in their clients, and to motivate them to make a change. An on-going partnership with their clients helps to produce positive results in both their professional and personal lives.
With a good coach, clients can learn how to use the tools and skills they already possess to help them navigate through life.
The fact that many people are unable to see their friends and loved ones in person only makes the situation worse. “Social distancing is really hard on people, and it’s especially taking its toll on people who are isolated at home alone,” Meredith said. “Loneliness can be a big source of stress.”
Even under more normal circumstances, prolonged loneliness can contribute to depression and anxiety, as well as to physical health problems. One 2016 study, for example, found that being lonely was associated with an increased risk of stroke and heart disease. Today, the ordinary risks of loneliness could be magnified by the stress of living during a pandemic. For people who are social distancing right now, “there is a high risk that they’re going to become more anxious, much more depressed, and it’s going to have longer-term effects,” Rima Styra, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, told Vox.
Overall, a lot of people around the world are experiencing a dip in mental well-being. Factors from “looming severe shortages of resources” to the “imposition of unfamiliar public health measures that infringe on personal freedoms” are likely to increase emotional distress during this time, psychiatry professors Betty Pfefferbaum and Carol S. North wrote in a paper published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Source:The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Click HERE to purchase. — NOTE: DSM IS AN INVALUABLE BOOK TO HAVE TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND VARIOUS BRAIN DISORDERS. THIS POST IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK (DSM5). TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON ANY SPECIFIC BRAIN DISORDER, YOU CAN PURCHASE THIS BOOK OR FIND IT AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY. — The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the handbook used by health care professionals in the United States and much of the world as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders. DSM contains descriptions, symptoms, and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. It provides a common language for clinicians to communicate about their patients and establishes consistent and reliable diagnoses that can be used in the research of mental disorders. It also provides a common language for researchers to study the criteria for potential future revisions and to aid in the development of medications and other interventions.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Diagnostic Criteria 300.02
A. Excessive anxiety and
worry (apprehensive expectation), occurring more days than not for at least 6
months, about a number of events or activities (such as work or school
B. The individual finds it
difficult to control the worry.
C. The anxiety and worry are associated with three (or more) of the following six symptoms (with at least some symptoms having been present for more days than not for the past 6 months);