As a trauma recovery coach I have a lane that I stay in so let me break down what I do and more importantly what I don’t do as a coach.
Let’s start with what coaching is!
My niech of trauma recovery is religious trauma, spiritual abuse, and deconstructing your faith.
As a coach I help you process through the trauma you endured by helping you break down the lies the trauma and indoctrination taught you and reveal the truth, recognize how the trauma impacts your physical body and learn ways to release it, identify emotions and learn to sit with them, come against the learned shame and guilt, make peace with your trauma by creating trust within yourself, and help you find your authentic self.
Coaching is client led. Meaning the client choose the pace and direction of each session. As a coach I can help guide, give suggestions, and make recommendations on things that I feel may help, but if a suggestion is made and it doesn’t feel right to you, we try something else.
As a coach I want my clients to learn how to trust that feeling inside them. For many of us we are disconnected from it because of our indoctrination.
Each of my clients has the right to privacy. This means I will not share session notes or speak about our sessions with anyone unless I’m presented with a court order.
I am a mandatory reporter. If I’m made aware of abuse to a child or elderly person I’m mandated to report to your local authorities.
Now let’s get into what I DON’T do!
First off, I don’t work with minors. I am not trained or certified to work with children, so I leave that to the licensed therapists.
I don’t work with people who are struggling with active suicidal ideation. Once again, I’m not trained or qualified to help in that area. If we are already working together and suicidal ideation begins, we stop our coaching session immediately and I help you find a qualified therapist. All emergency hotline numbers are listed in my policies and procedures document that is signed prior to coaching that way you have access to them in case of an emergency. Once you start seeing a therapist, we can continue our coaching WITH written permission from your therapist. I don’t want to put your safety at risk, so I let your licensed therapist make the judgment call.
I’m not a licensed therapist, meaning I will not diagnose or treat any mental illnesses. If I see something of concern, I will recommend you see your doctor or therapist. If the client gives written permission, I can share my notes and thoughts with your care team when or if needed.
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I don’t coach clients with trauma outside my experience. My background is in religious trauma, spiritual abuse, deconstruction, and childhood SA trauma. For example, I wouldn’t take a client experiencing the loss of a child, struggling to conceive, or with alcoholic parents. The amazing thing is, if I have someone approach me looking for coaching services but doesn’t fall within my expertise I can reach out to the association and help them find a coach that does.
I hope that clears things up!
As a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach I have a lane, and I strive to stay within it and trust the other professionals within the field of mental health.