Psychosocial Recovery Coaching

While Psychosocial Recovery Coaching is a new initiative in the disability space (only one year old), I see it as such a valuable resoursce that I feel it should be avialbale to everyone.

Coaching, as a method of helping people tap into their potential and gain traction towards the fulfilment of their goals, has been around for 20 years, or more now. A term originally coined by the infamous Tony Robbins, coaching has grown to include many areas of health, wealth, wellbeing, personal development and career development.

Psychosocial Recovery Coaching is a newer area of coaching that concentrates on the psycho or mind, and the social or environment, and how the two are working together to hold one back or move one forward. Ultimately the desire of a any coach is to help develop, plan and create strategic steps to help improve the current state of the mind and actions, and the way they are being processed, or the way they are interacting, with the current environment.

During the lockdowns associated with Covid-19, many people have suffered, and are suffering daily, with the stress induced by the circumstances. Mental health concerns are growing and many people are feeling the effects of changing dates, isolation, missing their loved ones and feeling forgotten. While everyone is in the same boat, some definitely have it harder than others.

The purpose of Psychosocial Recovery Coaching for people affected by the lockdowns is to help them voice their thoughts and feelings about their personal situation, to help them to reframe towards their strengths and how they could utilise them to reach out to others, to help them discover through exploration, new pathways of enjoyment and interest and to help them understand how this situation can be used to inform personal growth, health practices, communication, gratitude and self-reliance. It concentrates on the empowerment of the person using tools such as goal-setting, building skill sets, building or re-building self belief, working from a postitive mindset, being possibility-driven and working within a pro-active, forward-moving framework of participation.

While the mental health of the client is recognised and definitely not ignored, the positivity of the program definitely outweighs the negatives. Coming alongside the client, not ahead and not behind, is the secret to a successful coaching partnership.

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