Debunking Behavioral Health Coaching
Updated: Sep 15
So glad you're here. If you're considering hiring a Psychotherapeutic Yoga Teacher or Behavioral Health Coach, this is a great place to start.
My name is Claire Burnett and I've struggled on and off with clinical depression and anxiety. I've seen a therapist for over a decade now and I am a specially trained professional who helps my clients develop greater awareness in themselves and implement effective tools to better manage their lives.
My workshops and coaching are designed not only to get you back on track when you’ve lost your way, but to help you create a more rewarding, purpose-driven life.
If you're anything like me...you may have some skepticism. So let's debunk some of the top myths about behavioral health coaches in particular, and break down what you can expect from my programs.
Myth #1: We Can’t Help with “Real” Mental Health Issues
I'm not a therapist. And I don't prescribe. But I do draw on principles and practices from evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
Extensive research backs the use of these interventions in a clinical setting to treat conditions like depression and anxiety. And emerging research on coaches use of these techniques for common problems like stress proves successful.
Unlike a therapists, I don’t specialize in treating complex clinical problems. However, I do help clients by finding ways to manage emotions, challenge negative thinking patterns, improve relationship skills, and reduce stress and anxiety — all of which ultimately bolsters mental health.
Myth #2: Coaches Aren’t Highly Trained
A common preconceived notion I hear about coaches is that they aren’t highly qualified professionals.
The reality is, some aren't. However, I've undergone extensive credentialing, and training including focuses on the aforementioned principles and techniques of CBT, mental health first aid, neurobiology, somatics, an RYT200 and currently working on my 500 hour YT training.
Myth #3: Coaches Use a One-Size-Fits-All Approach
Another recurring misconception is that coaches rely on generic, one-size-fits-all techniques with clients. But like therapists, I rely on evidence-based techniques, while tailoring my approach to best serve each client’s unique needs and circumstances.
I listen deeply to my clients to gain an understanding of their personal needs, challenges, and hopes.
Clients rarely leave a coaching session without establishing a personal practice to complete before their next session. This could mean a journaling exercise to clarify values and goals, a new technique to try for self regulation, or another meaningful “homework” assignment designed to propel their transformation.
Myth #4: Seeing a Therapist is Always the Best Option
While I personally believe everyone should participate in psychotherapy, I also understand mental health flows on a spectrum. Whether you're already in therapy and looking for a complimentary wellness practice or just now looking to start your wellness journey, I'm here to help.
While therapy is a great fit for many people, for others, there are numerous indicators that coaching is also a match. These include:
The mental and emotional health challenges you’re dealing with are on the mild end of the spectrum.
You want to improve your stress management or work-life balance
You want help in clarifying your values, goals, and purpose.
You’re interested in learning practical, actionable ways to address your personal and professional challenges.
You’re willing to complete self-assessments, reading, journaling, or other “homework” to help overcome personal challenges.
If you’re interested in coaching or therapy, I can connect you to the behavioral health solution that is right for your needs.
DISCLAIMER: The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.