“The National Institute for Mental Health reports that approximately 40 million people in the United States experience anxiety disorders each year. People cope with anxiety in many different ways. Some see a doctor and take medication. Others use holistic methods of stress reduction, like meditation. Some may seek the help of a therapist or coach to learn coping strategies.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety may include a sense of pervasive worry, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Mild anxiety may be related to common concerns, such as paying the bills or work deadlines. More severe feelings of anxiety which lead to significant distress can be signs of an Anxiety Disorder. People at either end of the anxiety spectrum may choose coaching as a way to feel better.
What is Coaching?
Coaches help people make changes in their lives, learn new ways of coping, and function at their maximum potential. Certified Life Coach David Wood describes coaching as a structure for effecting healthy changes and goals. There is no single licensing body for Coaches. Coaches generally have training in counseling and specialized training in coaching. Cognitive Behavioral Coaches address maladaptive thought patterns, replacing them with more helpful thoughts.”