Our life experiences can sometimes leave us wondering where God is. Often we don’t understand how our past trauma impacts our life today. We can feel stuck in a rut, lose our sense of direction, and begin to ask ourselves if God really knows what we’ve been through. These thoughts can indicate a need for help.

This is what happened to me. When I crumbled in 2019, I knew I needed help. I reached out to a therapist, who helped me understand what was happening.

You may be wondering, what’s the difference between a therapist and a coach?

Think of a therapist as someone in a medical role, such as a trauma surgeon. Coaches are more of a support role, aiding a client after surgery.

Coaches can play a big part in your healing. Coaches can guide, teach, and mentor you. They provide education regarding trauma and recovery. Their shared experiences let clients know they are not alone. Coaches provide safe space for sharing and healing, and will celebrate your progress! Clients can, and sometimes need to, transition between therapy and coaching. Individuals who are not actively in the midst of a crisis or who are in remission can benefit tremendously from individual and group coaching. Clients being coached would need to transfer to a therapist if they experience a mental health crisis. A good coach will help a client transition to therapy when decompensation occurs.