HEY MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:
HERE ARE THE
THREE REASONS YOU SHOULD START COACHING
1. IT'S FULFILLING, ENERGIZING WORK!
In the clinical realm, we often face frustration and energy depletion by working with clients/patients who have low motivation for change or who have other significant barriers to making real and positive change in their lives.
Meanwhile, working with coaching clients is super fun and rewarding because clients are highly motivated, and the capacity for and speed of personal transformation is huge.
And - the awesome thing is, you already have the most important skills to be a successful coach; you just need to adapt those to the coaching context.
2. INCREASED EARNING POTENTIAL
If you are working in the traditional mental health care system, your income is highly influenced by third party payers or managed care.
Even if you are a salaried employee, your salary is based on billable charges.
The only control you have over how much money you make is the amount of cases you see and therefore hours you spend working. You have to increase your time working to increase your pay… which leads to burnout and job dissatisfaction.
Even if you are in private practice and setting your own fees, insurance rates provide a frame of reference for how clients value our services.
In the coaching business, you don’t have these limitations.
The demand for life coaching is booming, clients are paying very good money for coaching services – including from coaches who have little to no mental health background.
Mental health professionals (MHPs) have a distinct edge in terms of skills and experience when it comes to life coaching - and therefore are likely to be more sought after and even more highly compensated than non MHPs.
In my experience, MHPs are doubling and tripling their incomes in their coaching businesses compared to what they made in clinical positions.
In mental health treatment, there are more regulations to follow (hello, HIPAA!). When you’re working with healthy clients in a coaching context, you aren’t providing a medical or mental health service, so HIPAA doesn’t apply. Overall, there is less risk involved and therefore more freedom.
You don’t have to deal with bureaucratic paperwork including documentation and justification for services.
As a coach, you can work from anywhere. While therapy and mental health treatment services are just starting to become more feasibly offered remotely/virtually, coaching has – from the beginning – been a service most often provided online through video conferencing.
In mental health treatment, so many professionals feel pressured to take whoever is referred to them, or to take on clients that aren’t exactly their favorite to work with. In coaching, you can be very specific about who you do – and do not – want to work with, and exactly what goals you help clients work toward.
Finally, as discussed in #2 above, there is increased earning potential for less face-to-face client time, which definitely lets you enjoy more freedom in your life!
If you are a mental health professional and you want training in coaching so that you can experience all the above benefits, register for my upcoming Positive Psychology Coaching training course!