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Author Topic: Online “Life Coaches”. Helpful or misleading?  (Read 240 times)
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« on: October 27, 2018, 03:32:22 PM »

Hello, BPDFamily. Welcome new member (click to insert in post) This online support group/community is by far the best resource out there for folks like us. I believe that the internet has created quite an awareness on the subjects and situations that we discuss here. I also wonder if the internet has perpetuated a plague of narcissism. To me, and many others, it’s pretty evident. I’m not implying NPD, I’m implying narcissism.

There is a wave of online “Life Coaches” that “specialize” in Cluster B disorders. Some of them have become quite popular. Fancy logos and even theme songs to implement their brand. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve found one that I will take everything she says into serious consideration, but I’ve seen a few of these life coaches build a business.

Most online life coaches aren’t trained on a PhD level. They’ve been through what most of us here have and ran with it. I think that it’s irresponsible to do that, and I wonder how much harm it’s causing to real mental health professionals that are trying to stay in business.

I now know what Junk Psychology is. I can see through it pretty fast now. What worries me is all of the folks out there that don’t know how to do that yet, if ever.

This is a long spit of words today, and my only one. I need to spend time with some friends this weekend, and turn off my phone.

To you sweet and wonderful “Lurkers”. Come on in. Every one of us was you at some point. We came here and gradually got better. Please join us. We’re here for you. Virtual hug (click to insert in post)

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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2018, 09:10:25 PM »

I am a certified Executive Coach, with multiple coaching credentials. Or if the primary tenets of coaching is that one is working with a "whole perso," who is creative and able to construct his/ her own solutions. If a person is not whole, one should be looking at medical or clinical psychology interventions.

I would be VERY leery of someone claiming a title of life coach for a diagnosable  condition, unless they had a graduate degree in clinical psychology or a LCSW degree.I

In coaching certification programs, we we spend quite a bit of time on the line between "whole person" and emotional/psychological problems...those get referred to specialists.
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2018, 07:13:08 AM »

Hi, Gagrl. Thank you you for joining. Being a certified Executive Coach yourself, I’m glad that you pointed out the specifics. What are the differences between an EC and a LC?

If a person is not whole, one should be looking at medical or clinical psychology interventions.

This is an interesting snippet of the ethics involved. In your own findings, have you seen this followed by other coaches? Also, how is a person evaluated to be determined as “whole” or “not whole”? This is interesting.

I would be VERY leery of someone claiming a title of life coach for a diagnosable  condition, unless they had a graduate degree in clinical psychology or a LCSW degree.

I completely agree with you. It seems like the net makes it too easy for anyone to jump on YouTube and use their own personal experience as a basis for “what is”. A lot of these coaches are very compelling. A following is created. It’s frustrating to witness at times. I’m sure that some people benefit from this, but I have to question the ethical boundaries that a lot of these coaches cross. Armchair psychology is a slippery slope. I hope I don’t offend anyone when I say that the Internet is making our younger generations more naive by the day. They rely on it as a go to source for everything. Even validation. Feeling the need to go to a screen for validation should worry everyone.

I’m getting off point here. Frustrated/Unfortunate (click to insert in post) I’m good at doing that. If it’s ok with you, I’d like to get back to the initial question. Are online Life Coaches helpful? Or do they possibly misdirect people that are seeking help? Also, how do you feel about how online Life Coaches might possibly interfere with PhD treatment?

Thanks for posting, Gagrl.
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2018, 09:09:41 AM »

The principles and ethics of coaching are the same for executive coaching and life coaching. Exec coaching typically focuses on leaders in an organization, with a business focus. My certification is from a university program called Organizational Coaching and Learning.

If a coach belongs to the International Coach Federation, he/she has passed an extensive exam and had a panel of Master Coaches pass on two recorded coaching sessions that demonstrate 11 competencies. Members adhere to a Code of Ethics.

But legally in the U.S. anyone can hang a shingle and open a coaching practice.
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2018, 11:15:14 PM »

By 2016, 16 trillion web pages for anything had been created.  Lots of room for "experts." How may more now?

Thanks for the education about coaches, Gargl.
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2018, 02:56:17 AM »

I think things like these always keep us guessing. Doing a background check and looking for certifications of the life coaches is important. Reviews might also help.
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