Coaching for Depression

Over the past 30 years I have experienced periods of depression.  In attempt to break the waves of darkness, I have been to see doctors and counselors, I've taken anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs, I've practiced yoga, mindfulness, exercise and nutrition. All of these things have made a difference, yet there was always something missing from the healing process. Looking back, I can see how this missing piece was so simple, yet an imperative step in progressing towards vitality. The missing piece was a focus on the future. This is what professional recovery coaches can help you to do - but did anyone, in all my years of seeking help for my depression ever suggest a coach? No. 

Exercise is said to be the best treatment for depression. The endorphins and dopamine rush that come with a raised heart-rate plus sweat and perhaps some time out doors is truly helpful to improve mood. But, the problem with prescribing exercise for a person with depression is actually getting that person motivated to embrace the experience. Motivation comes from a focus on the future. Your doctor can tell you exercise will help you, and indeed it will help you, but your doctor isn't going to practice Motivational Interviewing, or ask questions to determine where you are at in the Stages of Change Model. Your doctor doesn't have time to help you get in touch with your strengths and get clear about goals for the future. They will leave it to you to find the motivation. Unfortunately, without a plan to get motivated, the instruction from a doctor to exercise is a low percentage solution for a depressed person. 

Counselors can help you take a look at your past, and determine why you are thinking and feeling certain ways. They will help you analyse your past, but they do not help you make plans for the future. Indeed it helps to understand how your mind came to be in its current state, but then it comes time to make progress with you new understanding of self. For example, once a person understands her past trauma has led to weight gain or a pattern of denial, what tools and strategies will she employ to build resilience going forward? What will the next chapter of her life be about? How will she create a meaningful life full of choice, opportunity and purpose? 

A Personal Coach can help you to help yourself. She will help you to recognize strengths, get clear about your goals, determine your values and priorities and make plans for improving your life - in the direction that is meaningful for you. She will use specific tools and strategies to help you, and as a professional will be your advocate, resource and a totally private confidant. 

Nobody wants to be depressed, but once it is triggered, the negative loop of thinking and emotions can keep a person trapped in the darkness. A coach can help you by listening and supporting and meeting you where you are at. There is always a way to determine what is working well and what can help you to build motivation -  propelling you towards a more meaningful and joyful life.

Although I was never introduced to coaching as a means to work with my depression, I had been coached before through sport and mentoring and I believed in the process. Recently, I learned that coaching could help people to overcome addiction and recover from a variety of issues that can cause stress and hold us back in life. I loved the concept of personal coaching so much - that I not only hired a personal recovery coach, but I took the courses and became a coach myself! It is an absolute honour and I am excited to offer my coaching packages to you.

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