Type: Research (with examples of how it COULD be applied in practice)
Keywords: mental health, coaching or therapy, referrals, managing boundaries, coaching ethics, coaching boundaries, coaching contracting, mental illness
Session on 2 July 2020 10:25 cest - View on timetable
Within coaching practice, mental health is only of theoretical interest as a superfluous positive by-product of effective coaching or more importantly as a categorical boundary between two similar helping relationships; coaching and therapy. Yet, there is a global paradigm shift occurring as to how mental health is understood and treated in a bid to address ever increasing prevalence of mental illness, particularly within organisations.
This research highlights how coaches make sense of client mental health within practice, the coaching assumptions coaches make, and how this affects mental health management. Additionally, from this research two important questions are raised, warranting further research and discussions and several practical tips are suggested to help you ensure your coaching practice is mental health ready.
Verity Symcox is an executive coach, behavioural change specialist, and mental health researcher. Exploring mental health within coaching practice was the focus of her Coaching and Behavioural Change MSc dissertation. Verity has a therapeutic background and has been coaching since 2016, she is also a NLP practitioner and Hermann Brain Thinking Partner. Verity is due to commence a PhD in October 2020, investigating mental health within the workplace. Verity is based in Sussex in the UK and lives with her husband and three children.