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Would getting a coach help me be a better caregiver?
I’m going to be honest. When I first heard of life coaches and similar offerings, I originally thought it was bunk. As a therapist, I couldn’t imagine why someone would want to hire a coach to help them navigate life. That’s what therapy is for.
Boy was I wrong.
The longer I’ve worked with adults with memory loss, the more I’ve seen where a caregiver coach could help. Therapy is great. It can really help us through difficult situations, overwhelming emotions, and help us develop more effective coping skills. A good therapist can help us navigate challenging family situations, the grief of losing our loved ones while they are still here, and help us find our footing when we feel completely lost. Therapy is a good and valuable thing.
But what if that’s not what you need? What if you just need support and clarity? What if you need skills to navigate this messy, awful journey of dementia? This is where a coach can come in. A coach can provide that support and guidance. A caregiving coach can be especially helpful because their whole goal is to help you be the best caregiver you can be. They understand what you’re going through and how to support you to find confidence in your own caregiving style.
How do you find a coach? You can always do a search. Some people prefer coaching in person and some like being on Zoom. Some people prefer one-to-one coaching and others like the anonymity of a group coaching program. Think about what you truly like and want, and find someone who meets those needs.
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