Coaching clients are no different than non-coaching clients in that they too suffer with unwanted thoughts and difficult emotions. Working with a coach by no means implies that you will never experience a dip in your mental health. The thorny issue for you and your coach is to recognise and take proactive steps toward a psychologist when your mental health dips to a level that interferes with your coaching journey.
Perhaps you informed your coach that you felt the need to work with a mental health professional. Maybe you spoke with a family doctor about your mood, and you left the office with a referral to a psychologist. Often, however, you may not be aware when coaching has reached its capacity to help you grow and it is time to partner with another expert. This is where your coach comes in. Coaches are trained professionals that know the boundaries of their profession and recognize when their skills and competencies are no longer capable of supporting you. It is your coach’s professional obligation to be on the alert for any signs of mental distress, and to properly help you make that decision. Here are three signs that indicate it is time to seek help for your mental health.
In a nutshell, I encourage you to work with a professional trained in mental health when:
- You feel like you are not yourself, and no matter what you do you cannot change this feeling.
- Your unwanted thoughts and difficult emotions are more enduring and widespread.
- You cannot shake off painful memories that flood your mind, making it harder for you to stay connected to anything and anyone in your life.
If you are currently in a coaching program and experiencing any of these states, share with your coach who is trained in helping you take your first step toward the recovery of your mental health.
Are you concerned about your client’s mental state and would like guidance on how to best help them?