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When Coaching Isn't Enough? - How Does Therapy Help?

When Coaching Isn’t Enough? – How Does Therapy Help?

What if you have a coach and you just are not seeing progress?  Or what if you have a coach and they are trying to help you move forward with your goals, but you keep reverting to unresolved feeling or trauma from the past.  What then?

How Does Therapy Help?

Just like coaching, therapy (also known as counseling) is often a misunderstood concept, the suggestion that you see a counselor can be scary, especially if your coach is the one making the suggestion.

You may perceive getting therapy to mean that there’s something wrong with you, especially if your coach refers you.  Yet, coaches have a specific expertise and so do therapists.  It isn’t that there is something wrong – it is that a different type of professional is better suited to help you at this particular time in your life. While therapy (let’s face it, coaching too) may not be for everyone, counseling can be beneficial to many people at challenging points in their lives.

Although it’s important to recognize that therapy is not a panacea, it makes a difference every day in thousands of lives across the world. If you find that you have uncomfortable feelings or are “stuck” in the past places in your life, you may very well benefit from this practice.

Seven Ways that Therapy Helps?

Consider these ways that therapy can help you:

1. Get an objective viewpoint. Counseling allows the opportunity to talk about your current challenges with someone who’s trained and objective. Open communication with your friends and loved ones is usually a good idea. However, there are times when you might find it more comforting and safe to share your feelings with a therapist.

2. Clarify your feelings. Many times, people begin therapy feeling confused and not really able to identify their emotions. A therapist can assist you in recognizing your feelings.

3. Learn to appropriately communicate how you feel to others. Being able to share honest, genuine feelings using more effective communication can enrich your relationships and help you succeed in your endeavors.

4. Getting therapy can be a freeing, stress-relieving experience. After all, how many times do you have an opportunity to say whatever you want however you want without repercussions later?

5. It’s all about you. When you go to therapy, the session is focused on your benefit. Your time with a counselor is all about you. You can say whatever you want.

6. Gain valuable insights. When you talk about yourself with someone who’s nonjudgmental and objective, you’re truly tuned in to the moment and what you’re saying.

7. Bring out your strengths. With therapy, you can develop or gain confidence in your capacity to live a healthy, fulfilling life.

Therapy Can Help

Seeing a therapist can be one of the best things you’ll ever do for yourself.  If you have past issues that are not resolved or your coach isn’t helping you move forward – then therapy is a possible next step.  Remember, good coaches know when they are no longer the one that can assist.  Most likely if you should be with a therapist other than a coach, you will know it when you experience less stress and feel more satisfied and contented with your life after participating in counseling. If you find yourself struggling emotionally, remind yourself that therapy can help.

Have you had a great coach let you know that you might need additional help?  If so, was it a positive experience or negative one?  Let us know.