HELL NO. Maybe if you were a child of the 1950s you may have been taught therapy was for the weak and if you are of the mindset that coaching is only for people who are lost, then you have got coaching all wrong.
Let me start by telling you a story. I once met a businessman who has risen from absolutely nothing to being worth circa. £200m in 10 years. I asked him what his secret was, considering his background was challenging and he had no backing what so ever. I was shocked and stunned to hear him reply; 'therapy, mentoring and coaching'.
He kept a business mentor close to him to guide his business decisions, a weekly therapist session to keep his mind in top shape and a coach to inspire and empower him.
Anyone who has played sport to any level knows, it takes a team around you to succeed. Yet we frequently don't consider we need a coach for anything else. When you consider how bizarre it would be to try and play football without a coach or learn gymnastics alone it's quite absurd that we don't consider we should have coaching for all manner of aspects of our life.
Success is represented by different things to different people but most of us hold our relationships and family in the highest regard of importance, then perhaps our jobs and careers, then lastly our emotional well being. However we are all aware our emotions can inhibit our ability to participate, achieve and progress. I guess we bury our head in the sand a little with our mental health.
Truth be told, if you know someone who appears to have it together, someone you consider capable of coping with any problem - likelihood is, they engage in therapy and coaching.
Here's my take home; don't delay, engage in therapy and coaching as a matter of course, use it to top up your cup, overfill and achieve things you didn't know you were possible.
There are several types of therapist and coach - lets take a look at what they can really do for you.
An executive Coach
Results-focused coaching which help coachees plan, lead and implement successful change and performance improvement. They coach leaders to become more personally effective, and also to enable them to lead their people to achieve the significant agendas their organisations need.
A relationship coach is someone who supports individuals and couples in learning vital skills for relating, especially in marriages and romantic partnerships. Relationship coaches teach you to develop conflict resolution skills and offer tools to deepen intimacy and pleasure.
A life coach is someone who counsels and encourages clients through personal or career challenges. A life coach helps guide clients to reach their ultimate goals. A life coach can help individuals in different areas of their life
A divorce coach is a neutral third party and there to provide practical and emotional support during your divorce.
Through a range of strategies, a good divorce coach helps people to navigate and cope with the process with the aim of transitioning with confidence into the next phase of their lives.
Menopause Coaches act as lifestyle coaches by providing recommendations and support for you in implementing habits to better manage menopause symptoms.
A cognitive therapist is someone who offers short-term therapy to help their clients find new ways to behave by changing their thought patterns. Cognitive therapists help their patients identify the thought patterns that are causing problems and then create healthier thought patterns to improve their quality of life.
A cognitive-behavioural therapist (CBT) is a counsellor who uses behavioural and psychotherapeutic techniques to help their clients address a variety of different psychological problems, including substance abuse, depression and eating disorders,
A trauma therapist, or trauma counsellor, is a mental health professional who has specialised training and clinical experience to work with people who have experienced a traumatic event. Trauma counsellors help their patients process the events that are causing them pain and develop ways to cope with their emotions stemming from that event.
Social therapists are mental health professionals who specialise in helping patients cope with issues like depression and anxiety, relationships, stress, grief, marital discord and trauma.
Marriage and family therapist
This type of counsellor is focused on addressing the behaviours of people in a marriage or the individual behaviours of family members. They also examine the relationships between members of a family.
Divorce and Relationship Coach