Updated: Jun 15, 2020
You get a check-up by a doctor for your physical body, right?
What’s so different about getting a check-up on your emotional and mental well-being?
Celebrities have been more open about going to therapy. The Breakfast Club radio show host Charlemagne The God swears by it, stating he goes to a therapist weekly.
Michael Phelps, the Olympic gold medalist, made a commercial advertising it. I’m not a well-known celebrity, but guess what?
Even I have gone to therapy. It’s nothing to be ASHAMED of!
As a trained Life Coach, I’ve encountered many clients from all walks of life.
I’ve been able to assist them with several different personal issues, however, there have been a couple clients that I have had to refer to a licensed therapist and/or psychiatrist.
It’s not that those people were bad or hard to care for, they just needed a different type of professional guidance that I was unable to provide.
A licensed therapist can help in diagnosing mental health conditions, reducing symptoms of mental conditions, and help clients manage symptoms of mental illness.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who focuses mainly on the treatment of mental illnesses, usually prescribing medications.
Most mental health conditions are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain which need medications to correct.
That doesn’t make you crazy, insane, or weird. It makes you human. It’s no different than a diabetic needing insulin.
You don’t have to have, or think you have, a mental condition to see a therapist. There may be things in your past such as abuse, sexual assaults, substance abuse, etc. that need to be addressed and taught how to cope with.
On the latter, there may be nothing at all.
For me, I was always worrying, and never sleeping. I saw a therapist before I found my life coach.
Actually, I went to a few therapists until I found one who I was comfortable with and understood me. She made me feel like she was a friend and not my therapist. She provided me with unbiased insights about my past and how they have shaped my present, coping mechanisms, and so much more.
I also saw a psychiatrist who prescribed sertraline, a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor, for my anxiety.
Between my therapist and my psychiatrist, I felt more at ease and able to cope day-to- day. I was healthy enough to properly function and enjoy life again.
And guess what?? I’m not embarrassed. I’m proud that I made a choice to better my life.
Many people ask me how life coaching differs from therapy.
They are similar in many ways; however, coaches usually help clients who have surface issues (jobs, relationships, relocating etc.).
Therapists deal with deep, emotional issues (trauma, mental health conditions, substance abuse etc.).
Both improve the quality of life, just in different ways.
Take it from me, we all need an unbiased, nonjudgmental professional to assist us with our needs.
If it's a surface issue, email me, let's talk.
If it's a deep-rooted issue that may require medication seek a psychiatrist or counselor.
Privacy is important.
Of course we don’t want to just tell a stranger at the supermarket that we go to therapy.
However, if it comes up in a conversation, don’t be afraid of what stigma mental health may hold.
The more open we are about it, the more people will be less afraid to check on their mental health.
There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to taking care of yourself.
You are not insane or crazy. You are smart for making the choice to become a better 'YOU."
What is normal anyway?
I think we are all a bit abnormal, don’t you?!
Natasha BYTS, CTACC
Certified Life Coach
"Because you the sh*!
Strong. Honorable. Independent. True."