We all struggle with mental health from time to time. Now, more than ever, people are needing mental health support. We are here for you!
MENTAL HEALTH COACHES
If you would like to be matched with a Mental Health Coach, or if you would like information on becoming a mental health coach, click on the button below!
Our LSC Mental Health Ministry is now offering one-on-one Mental Health Coaching! Our coaches have been trained and certified through Light University. We are not counsellors, therapists or psychologists. We are trained lay people, bridging the gap between appointments with healthcare professionals, and bringing Jesus into the mental health journey.
WHAT IS A MENTAL HEALTH COACH?
Mental Health coaching is a form of strengths-based support for persons living with mental illness. Coaches help clients develop a healthy balance in life, give guidance in decision-making, offer support in navigating mental health difficulties, and assistance in establishing a recovery plan. Coaches help clients find resources for professional care and treatment, family support, and education.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A MENTAL HEALTH COACH?
Mental health coaches are unlike licensed mental health care providers in that coaches do not diagnose or offer professional care or treatment for mental health difficulties and disorders. Coaches support any positive change, helping persons in professional care to manage symptoms, build recovery support, and work on life goals such as relationships, work, and education. Mental health coaching is action-oriented, with an emphasis on improving one’s present life and reaching goals for the future.
Mental health coaches use a partnership model wherein the client is considered the expert on his or her life and decides what is worth doing, while the coach provides expertise in supporting successful change. Mental health coaching focuses on achieving goals important to the client, not just recovery-related goals. Mental health coaching emphasizes honouring values, making principle-based decisions, creating a clear action plan, and using current strengths to reach future goals. The coach provides accountability to help the client stay on track.
A MENTAL HEALTH COACH IS NOT...
- A doctor/psychiatrist
- A counsellor or therapist
- A problem solver
- A casual visitor
WHAT ARE THE NEEDS WITH WHICH A MENTAL HEALTH COACH CAN HELP?
- Trauma and Abuse
- Grief and Loss
- Panic Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Stress and Anxiety
- Faith and Spirituality
HOW DOES THE REFERRAL PROCESS WORK?
- A person – either you, a relative or a friend – is hurting and needing mental health support.
- This need for care is communicated to Pastor Mark Stevenson.
- Pastor Mark meets with the person and decides if a Mental Health Coach applies to the situation. After prayerful consideration of compatibility, a coach is then assigned to them.
- A Mental Health Coach will contact them and meets regularly with the person (usually once a week for 1 hour).
- The Mental Health Coach provides Christian care that is strictly confidential.
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My life is now so much more richer.