Therapy: Want two weeks free?




Therapy. Well, where to start...


First, let's celebrate that long gone are the days when therapy was reserved for those on the brink of or struggling through crisis.


These days, therapy is a broad term, it can encompass activity, talking with a professional, cold water, various aspects of coaching or even between friends.


I'm a staunch believer that everyone - every single person - should have professionally guided therapy for stretches and seasons, if not always - profession and need reliant.


THERAPY & ME


As a coach, large part of my work is to provide a safe space for clients to improve and grow into their own emotional wellbeing and care, supporting them on their journey. As part of my responsibility in this, I am open about my own engaging in regular therapy.


This is a wellbeing practise for myself, and also serves as safeguarding for my clients. I take my responsibility seriously, and so to ensure I am well cared for mentally and emotionally.


For me, therapy gives me space to discuss whatever I need to, even on the weeks I deem there "nothing to discuss", I still take the hour to explore and digest.


THERAPY & COACHING


To add in here, I love therapy so much that I will often recommend that my one-to-one or group clients take on therapy while also working with them. This is to support the work we do in coaching and give them the care and attention they deserve.


Coaching and therapy are two different fields, and while they may overlap, I believe strongly in playing to strengths.


I don't avoid subjects, clients are always welcome to raise and discuss whatever they like or need to, however it's normal and common for many to need more intensive support in some areas and so to facilitate this, I love to recommend therapy to compliment the work and journey they're on.


This is my preferred style and recommendation for best results when working with clients, when I believe it's a good idea. It can be incredibly challenging to create change in your life if there is a need yet to be met, therapy can help to create this space and expertise so that coaching can bring in structure and change to move forward.


Remembering that no one support; not a single therapist, coach, leader or friend will be the answer to what you seek can be reassuring when creating the "team" around you.



THERAPY & YOU


I appreciate you may not be a coach, or even in a profession where you support others, it's likely you have friends, children, a parter or family who do, in some capacity.


In these circumstances, therapy can support you in caring for yourself, and those you love. You do not have to struggle or cope alone.


You also don't need to be in a desperate position to see a therapist.


Talking and professionally guided therapy can help you to:


- Reflect and digest information

- Build confidence and self esteem

- Find your voice and self expression

- Better understand your thoughts

- Build into patience and compassion for yourself

- Improve mental and emotional health


I'm sure you get the picture. Therapy = good.



TWO FREE WEEKS OF THERAPY


Having previously had only in person therapy for several stretches in the past, I switched to online therapy this year for the convenience and affordability (online is often more affordable given that there may be fewer overheads).


This year, I began using the online service BetterHelp, which I highly recommend. And this is who your free two weeks comes in, this is not an ad, but part of their referral scheme - which I don't receive any benefit of, as explained in a moment.


BetterHelp offers phone, video and chat based support, alongside a journal section and topic focused groupinars.