What To Do After Therapy: Why Hiring a Coach Could Be a Great Choice
If you’ve just completed a therapeutic journey with a psychotherapist, I’m sure you’re considering what’s next for you. Many people miss the connection of having someone to talk to regularly. Others struggle to let go of this form of mental health assistance for fear of reverting to old patterns and behaviors. Some have acquired enough tools and support to let go but aren’t quite sure how to settle into life after therapy is over.
For those of you seeking a post-therapy routine that keeps you accountable for your mental health and stability, hiring a coach could be the best choice you can make for yourself. Let’s explore some reasons why.
The Difference Between a Therapist and a Coach
Before you can understand why hiring a coach after therapy could benefit you, it’s important to distinguish the difference between a therapist and a coach. The simplest way to break down the difference is that therapists will focus more on past to present day, whereas coaches focus more on present day to the future.
But to go a bit deeper, therapists have advanced degrees in psychology, counseling, or related fields. They specialize in mental and emotional issues, addressing disorders, trauma, and past concerns, often working with diagnosable conditions. A therapist will delve into the past, focusing on understanding and healing mental and emotional issues.
Coaches often receive various certifications to become board-certified in their niche or specialization. For example, I am a professional certified coach (PCC) and a cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) certified coach. While many coaches specialize in mindset work and behavioral coaching, they adopt a future-oriented approach, emphasizing goal achievement and personal growth. Coaches focus on goal-setting, behavior changes, skill and performance improvement, shifting perspectives, and assisting in overall self-improvement.
Why Hiring a Coach is Beneficial Post-Therapy
After therapy, you may be eager to continue your personal growth journey. Coaches can support you to set and achieve new goals that keep you moving forward in life. They can help you define your aspirations and provide actionable guidance on how to reach them. If you’ve ever found it challenging to stay on track with the coping skills you’ve learned in therapy, a coach can provide you with the structure and accountability you need.
Whether improving your communication or self-advocacy, navigating career-related challenges or transitions, setting boundaries or creating balance in your life, or prioritizing a healthy mindset, a coach will offer a flexible, personalized approach to supporting your growth and development. Boosting confidence and promoting self-belief are key aspects of coaching principles, helping you to create a fulfilling life with renewed self-assurance and determination.
Tips for Finding a Coach that Works For You
Similarly to therapists, not all coaches will be a fit for you. First, get clear on your goals so you know the coach you work with aligns with your objectives. You may want to check if your coach’s certifications and experience are relevant to your goals and aspirations. Many coaches have specializations that they focus on, so compatibility will matter as you find the best person for you. Checking for other client reviews can also help you gain insight into the coach’s work.
In my coaching practice, I’ve worked with over 500 people from all walks of life. But some of the areas I specialize in include:
Relationships (personal and professional)
Stress and anxiety management
Long-term health and fitness challenges
Coping with childlessness and emotional struggles
Building adult friendships post-life changes
Goal achievement and dream pursuit
Grief and moving forward
Don’t hesitate to ask questions, address concerns, and be straightforward about what you’re looking for. This will ensure you’re setting yourself up for success. You are your biggest advocate, and taking this step is worthy of your care and consideration.
Work With a CBT Certified Life Coach
By using CBT techniques, I help clients understand the connection between their thoughts, emotions, and actions so they can change behaviors that aren’t serving them well. We work together to recognize and challenge negative thought patterns and mind traps that may hold them back.
We discuss the importance of building a positive self-perception so they can feel confident, capable, and worthy. By tapping into their positive intelligence through techniques like mindfulness and mindful awareness, we establish creative solutions and coping skills for them to deal with life’s challenges.