When seeking professional help to overcome your mental and emotional challenges what is most important is finding someone with whom you feel comfortable and safe.
There's a lot of shame that can accompany mental and emotional health issues and life challenges. What's important for you to know is that you are not the only one dealing with challenges and struggles.
Life coaches and therapists can be super beneficial in helping you move through because more than likely they too have had to overcome some S.H.I.T. (Shame Hurt Insecurities and Triggers.)
Finding a professional who is transparent about the challenges that they have overcome can be very comforting because let's face it, nobody wants to feel that they are alone in the world of struggle.
So how do I know which one to choose?
The major difference between life coaching and therapy is therapy has it's main focus on mental health, while life coaching focuses on mastering the game of life while offering you support in creating the life you desire to live in the future.
Here are some of the main differences:
Life coaches do not have mental health training and are not equipped to diagnose or treat mental health conditions (unless they have been trained as a therapist, which is also common).
When to work with a Life Coach:
When to work with a Therapist:
How to Pick The Right Person
What to look for in a Life Coach:
What to look for in a Therapist:
Finally, note that different coaches have different approaches and coaching philosophies so be sure to select a coach whose approach and style of coaching resonates with you. Check out their social media platforms, do a Google search and read their reviews.
When it comes to self-care, personal development and seeking help, there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach. What works for others might not be what's best for you.
This truth applies at different points in your own life: Whereas something might have worked well for you in the past, now you recognize that you'd benefit more from taking a different approach. Sometimes it is necessary to try different avenues to discover what's best for you.
What matters most is that you are willing to invest in your overall well-being so that you can live a successful, happy and productive life that supports you in being whole.
No matter what your incentive may be for seeking help, it's helpful to understand where the roles of a life coach and a therapist differ so you can make an informed decision on which support style is right for you.
Whichever path you decide to follow, be sure to pat yourself on the back for taking the important first step in your self-care, self-improvement and empowered life.
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Have you ever met someone and felt that there was a magnetic pull toward them? Are certain people fated to be in your life?
The theory of soulmates and twin flames suggest that their is a "soul-time" of connections that you share. These times together have been experienced in past lives. A soulmate and a twin flame are part of the fiber of your soul.
So how do you know when you meet each of them and what's the difference within the relationship experience?
The Twin Flame
Twin flames are one half of a soul. When the two parts of the same soul incarnate in different bodies, they are both always on a mission of sorts to reconnect with each other. It can almost feel like you know someone significant is out there looking for you as you are looking for them.
This sounds all romantic and gushy right? (Insert love song here.)
Stop the music!!
The twin flame relationship is an experience of a range of emotions that usually break you down before they build you up.
What many don't understand is that the journey of twin flames is more about becoming whole within self in order to experience wholeness within their union.
"We all will encounter a twin flame relationship but it's something you shouldn't seek unless you're ready to experience ranges of emotions that could break you down.
The Soul Mate
If you have ever met someone and felt an instant connection, whether it's a passionate spark or simply an inexplicable knowing between the two of you, this could be a sign that the person is one of your soulmates. Yes ONE. Contrary to what you may have heard, you can have countless soulmates in one life time.
Personally I have already encountered five of mine.
However all of these connections are not found in a romantic relationship. You will be able to identify, with a strong sense of knowing, whether a soulmate connection is a romantic one or not.
When you meet a romantic soulmate it will have a comfortable, familiar feeling of being home, like you have known this person forever.
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I am Denika Carothers, Life Coach, author, healer and Mental and Emotional Wellness specialist. I help my clients transcend the pain and trauma of rejection, grief, abandonment, loss and abuse.