“Though a mental health coach is not a therapist and does not treat mental disorders, good coaches can help their clients see the world in a new way. ”
We can all create circumstances with our minds that would cause us to feel more stable and secure mentally; We can imagine life on a deserted tropical island or at the top of a beautiful mountain (without the need for employment, childcare, money or responsibilities). This can temporarily relieve an overwhelmed mind and can be an effective "coping" mechanism. But, according to my own personal experience - coping is not really living. Living in fear of the next emotional trigger and feeling out of control of one's own emotional and psychological state is also - not really living.
The focus of many life coaches is on supporting and guiding their clients in the achieving of change in their life (from an outside perspective). But, this sort of focus requires micro-managing of the spirit and body, and can cause physical and emotional unwellness. The focus, instead, of my personal Mental Health Coaching practice is the achieving of change from an inside perspective. If we can master mental "groundedness" and a feeling of safety, security, connectedness and feeling loved no matter what - then we are creating a new way of "being" that eliminates our need to control outside conditions and circumstances.
When we transmute our fears and resistance, in this way, our ability to create what we want on the "outside" is amplified. Manifesting our ideal experience of life at this point is truly 'icing on the cake" because we have the capacity and skills to feel good with or without it.