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Do you provide mentorship or professional coaching?

Hello and nice to meet you! I understand that you are looking for someone that can be a mentor or a coach to you.  Therapy focuses on healing the past while coaching helps clients to build a future. Imagine you are getting ready to climb a huge mountain. You could either hire an expert guide (coach) for your expedition or a doctor (therapist). Which would you choose? If you are in fragile health and would be in physical danger if you attempted the climb, a guide wouldn’t make the situation better. But a doctor would help you get back into shape before attempting the challenging feat. However, if you are already healthy and just need someone to help you with climbing strategy, carrying the load of supplies and finding the best path, the guide would be the better choice for you. A therapist supports someone to get into excellent mental and emotional health before they attempt to achieve ambitious goals, while a coach leads them over the mountain. It is very common for people wanting to make changes in their lives to invest in therapy first to work through past trauma, and then hire a business or life coach. A therapist is a licensed healthcare professional trained to diagnose and resolve destructive beliefs, behaviours, relationship issues and responses. They focus on helping their client: Recover from past setbacks and become aware of behavioural patterns. Explore why past relationships (business or personal) have been destructive Work through depression or anxiety Move forward after grief or loss etc. A coach, on the other hand, offers dynamic guidance for the client on: Clarifying personal and professional desires and goals Creating business plans or starting a business Designing systems to support performance, productivity and wellbeing Working to improve communication or marketing skills Increasing financial stability Depending on the depth of the trauma and pain to overcome, therapy is often conducted until the client feels they do not need it anymore, which could be anything from a matter of months to many years. Whether in groups or in one on one settings, coaching usually takes place over a shorter period (1 month to 1 year) and is a lot more goal-oriented, often with specific results in mind to reach during the coaching program. While I am a licensed clinical social worker, I have worked with clients in the past to coach them and motivate them to be the best versions of themselves. I am very solutions based and utilizing that approach is all I do. Let me know if you are interested in working together! Best, Hannah
Answered on 09/05/2022

I want to get therapy but cannot afford it. What can I do?

I would first like to acknowledge and applaud your courage in seeking help from professionals regarding your mental health, this is an important first step and can often be very intimidating for people. Furthermore, I'm sorry that you are having such a difficult time trying to gain access to the support and services that you are currently seeking. I understand it is incredibly frustrating to be in need of something but feel like you can't access them.  I implore you to look at your seeking assistance for mental health as an investment in your future. Often times the things in life worthwhile do not come easily, so please do not give up on looking for assistance for your mental health. When you are mentally healthy you are able to make better and healthier decisions for yourself and your family which will pay off in ways that are immeasurable. There are always options available if you are willing to be flexible. The local agency will usually provide assistance with reduced payment or will offer several free sessions if you are will to discuss your situation with them. Some agencies offer introductory fees that will be at a reduced or lower cost for new customers. You can also look into non-profit organizations within your area that often provide free or low-cost therapy options.  Online therapy is another avenue that you can look into because they have various options that will help you get in contact with a mental health provider at a low cost. If you feel comfortable sharing in a group you could join group therapy which is often less expensive and provides a sense of not feeling so alone due to other people in the group having similar mental health struggles. You may have to put more effort into finding these services but they are out there to be found. I hope that you have found this helpful and I encourage you to look for an option that best fits you and your family's mental health needs. I promise you that it will be an endeavor that is incredibly helpful and life-changing in many positive ways.
Answered on 02/01/2021