How do we choose the right psychologist, Life Coach or Life Mentor?
Most of us who have sought to get in touch with a ‘specialist’ on mental health, self-improvement or career and personal development have encountered some difficulties. Now the professions around these issues are quite and perhaps indistinguishable from one another. All of us, however, have gone through a difficult time when we may be experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, or dealing with issues in our sex lives, careers, our personal and family relationships. Even in calm times there is always something we can improve on. But how do we know what kind of specialist we are looking for and how we find it?
Many often type in google …
‘psychologist Glyfada, Life coach center, mental health counselor’ (which is similar to a psychologist, just not their first degree in psychology) psychotherapy online or even more frivolously ‘I want to break up, cry constantly, I can’t sleep, I want calm, jealous, how to get over someone, I feel lonely, I think cheating, I want to change careers, negative thoughts, low self esteem, financial stress, I’m ashamed, stomach tightening, I don’t deserve, no one loves me, insecurity mental peace, psychosomatic ‘and much more. Google is a search engine that naturally tries to show us the most relevant results compared to what we are looking for, but we need to have the clarity and knowledge, even in a busy time to make the right choice. This choice will judge many things for our immediate future.
How do we choose the right psychologist?
Psychologists have a variety of approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that focuses on our thoughts and feelings, psychoanalysis that deals with our childhood and dreams, person-centered, systemic, gestalt and more. So how does one know how to choose the right psychotherapist? The first step is to recognize our symptoms ourselves. What do we feel, what do we feel in our bodies, what do we think, what do we worry about? Once we are ready to explain what is happening to us, we begin to realize what we are looking for Γιωργος Λαγιος. For example, if we are dysfunctional in our daily lives due to a phobia, panic crisis, emotional management or social anxiety then it would be beneficial to seek a therapist who knows how to approach our request here and now such as cognitive behavioral therapy that can address various mental disorders, with evidence-based interventions in 10-20 sessions.
There are many approaches that can address the same issue, but no psychotherapist, psychologist, mental health counselor can be equally effective in all kinds of cases. So it is important to ask what is the academic training and experience of the practitioner in our field. But even with both, we still have to evaluate if there is chemistry – this feeling between two people sharing a separate bond. My advice is never to stay in any relationship when you feel that ‘something is wrong’. The power of the bond itself within any relationship is itself healing, so it is not bad if we feel that it is not the right psychologist for us to try someone else.
What’s the Difference Between a Life Coach, a Psychologist, and a Life Mentor?
Many times the differences are indistinct but the essence is in the right matching. The title does not determine as much the result as the connection and proper guidance. Life Coach intervenes on specific issues with the client in order to maximize any personal and professional abilities and skills, such as public speaking, productivity, setting and achieving goals. Usually, Life Coaches have a wide range of professional experience and experience in a variety of disciplines, remain active professionally and focus on something related to their professional field. This will create the branches of Career Coaching, Health Coaching, Business Coaching and more.
Life Coaching is not psychotherapy and even psychologists cannot intervene in the practical part of guidance and counseling. They are more active listening, asking the right questions, using techniques and helping the client / patient get to where they want through the appropriate approach. Many life coaches use Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and other tools that they find useful. The most famous Life Coach in the world (who prefers the term strategist) is Tony Robbins. Although his academic background does not include psychology degrees, or his approaches resemble in many respects technical psychologists. If one combines empathy, perception, open mind, emotional-social intelligence, entrepreneurship, experience, knowledge, real acceptance without criticism and morality then one can really help a fellow regardless of title. Anyone can be professionally self-sufficient as they consider right for marketing, prestigious or academic reasons and certifications.
But when we look for counseling, psychotherapy, guidance, coaching, mentoring, then we are looking for the right person, not the title. Every human being is unique and not limited to titles, but training and experience certify that someone has the right to take responsibility for us.
What is Mentoring?
Mentor is a spiritual counselor and guide. For the first time, such a person appeared in the Odyssey of Homer, where Odysseus entrusted his son Telemachus to his faithful friend for as long as he could. he encouraged, guided, and passed on all knowledge to overcome any obstacle.
Mentor, depending on his course, can combine many of the qualities of a Life Coach or psychologist and have studied and worked in many different fields. He is the one who shares all of his experiences, knowledge and abilities to help one overcome obstacles, move on to the next levels spiritually, professionally, personally and to evolve to different levels. As with Life Coaching or clinical psychology, mentoring also includes specialties such as Business Mentoring, Career Mentoring and Life Mentoring. The relationship created between Life Mentor and Mentee is one of the most powerful and usually lasting. This means that every time we meet challenges, obstacles, important decisions, Mentor is next to us to remind us of our true potentials, to create clarity, to motivate us, to motivate us, to challenge us, to empower us, to advise us and guide us.
Life Mentor is the man we trust in our thoughts, our problems, our fears, our dilemmas, our secret desires, our dreams. The process of self-knowledge is continuous and lasts a lifetime. Life Mentor knows that by the strength of the bond and that he in turn learns many things about life, himself, his limitations and in this way he improves and evolves himself. The greatest reward for a Mentor is the success, evolution, self-fulfillment of others.
After many years of dealing with my Mentor – perhaps the most moral, humble and wise man I know – when I asked him how I could thank him for standing by me all these years, what he answered was …
‘So long as you are my mentor, you just sometimes we need to believe in something wiser than us because we don’t believe in ourselves enough. Our possibilities are limitless, but we limit ourselves to getting permission and confirmation from those around us to evolve and self-define. Your skills and dynamics were always within you, I just brought them to your awareness. You did the hard work and it was my pleasure and honor to share this journey with you. So I have to thank you!