What is mental health coaching?
There are a number of ways that professionals provide help for people experiencing mental health issues. These different ways of helping reflect different frameworks and also the severity or stage of the problem. Counselling and traditional therapy such as psychology or psychotherapy take different forms, but are generally based upon talking about an issue to discover what is going on for that person. Much of the talking centres around the present and how it relates to the past. From personal and professional experience, I have found that this is a really great way to develop understanding about an issue, but often these approaches don’t deal with the present with a view to taking practical steps to move forwards into the future. Mental health coaching bridges the gap when people are at the stage of having identified their problems, but don’t have the skills to move forwards on their own. Mental health coaching is also great for promoting existing mental health and protecting wellbeing with a view to preventing issues from occurring in the future. This is why it is an approach which is applicable not only in a one-to-one situation, but with groups and in settings such as schools and the workplace.
What mental health issues do you help with?
I have a specialist interest in depression, anxiety and stress; however, I can help with issues such as anger, low self-esteem and body confidence. I also have an interest in wellbeing and mental health promotion across different contexts, so I offer workshops and one-to-one support within the workplace and in schools.
I provide low-intensity interventions which means that I don’t assist people who are clinically or acutely unwell with issues such as psychosis, nor with complex issues caused by trauma and abuse for example. These types of issues generally require really in-depth analysis, high intensity interventions from a suitably qualified professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or psychotherapist.
If I am unable to help, I can signpost people to the most appropriate help for their current situation as I have professional knowledge as a mental health nurse of the different options available.
How many sessions will I need?
The one-to-one coaching, I offer is short-term in nature – anything up to 12 sessions. The average number I see people for is about 8 sessions. It really depends upon the problem. The service for Mental Health at Work and Mental Health at School also varies with anything from one-off workshops to more long-term input with consultation and advice.
Where do sessions take place?
Mental Health at Home takes place face-to-face in a designated room at our premises in Gargrave. If distance or time pressure is an issue, sessions can take place online via Skype. Telephone sessions are available if required. However, the service for workplace mental health and for schools takes place within the organisation itself.
How can I access your workshops?
I offer workshops to schools, workplace organisations and to individuals. If I am doing a workshop for the general public, it will be advertised locally and on social media with the ability to book online. If employers or schools are interested in any of the workshops then I can be contacted by phone or email direct. If I don’t have something that looks to fit the bill, then why not contact me anyway, as I can offer bespoke workshops to reflect need.
How much does mental health coaching cost?
One-to-one coaching costs £35 per hour, with stress management and mindfulness coaching costing £30 per hour. Workshops have varying prices and will be advertised at the time. Prices for schools and workplaces are available upon contact, as this is dependent upon need and includes travel costs if needed.
Do you work with children?
I work with children in groups within the school environment, but I don’t work with them in a one-to-one capacity for individual coaching. I help adults over 18 years individually and in groups.