This young lady approached me around July last year, telling me that she didn’t think she has major psychological problems, but she needed help. When I first saw her, she said she’d like to resit some SPM papers, but really lack the motivation. And it’s been 2-3 years that she didn’t get this done.
I wasn’t used to taking clients/patients who are “well”. Normally my clients score really highly on any depression/anxiety or emotional distress scales. But at that time I thought I’d like a mixture of different clients, so we started to work together, on her problems like procrastination, handling negative emotions like anger and fear, handling worries and negative thoughts, setting up a routine and practice following it through, also some impulsive behaviour issues.
It didn’t take long or many sessions. Most of the therapy goals were achieved. I contacted her recently, she said she’s doing her barista work while waiting for the SPM results.
I realised this is like what I do with many clients towards the end of their treatment (when they are a lot more stable), or when they have been taking medication and are referred to me by the psychiatric consultants (so their symptoms had eased a lot when they first see me). I also think this is what a lot of people need, before they accumulate so many problems that they can’t solve, feeling worse and worse about themselves, and starting to fall into depression or other problems.
So I have decided to write this piece on “life coaching”, as it can work almost like a prevention, using hypnotherapy, mindfulness-based CBT and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy).
Do leave a comment or get in touch (email firstname.lastname@example.org or whatsapp 0172757813) if you’re hoping to achieve some of those:
- Becoming more confident generally
- Becoming more confident in a specific area/situation
- More motivation to study/work
- Clarifying your goals in life/career/future
- Tackling procrastination!
- Solving specific problems in your life
- Becoming a better problem solver generally
- Clarifying your life values/directions
- Starting to take actions towards your goals
- Becoming more emotional resilient
- Handling negative emotions and thoughts and worries
- More focus and better control on your attention (expanding your attention span)
- Better communication
- Better expression of emotions and feelings
- Being accountable to your fitness and diet plans to maintain or lose weight
- Tackling all sorts of fear (e.g. talking to boss/authority, darkness, height, dating etc)
- Speaking up your mind & defending your rights
- …and more