Recovery + Self-Care Coaching
As a professionally trained addiction and eating disorder psychotherapist, I can help clients navigate the challenges they face post-rehab and at any phase of recovery. Recovery coaching can help individuals identify, manage and remove the many environmental and personal obstacles that interfere with successful recovery. Because it's hard to do it alone, how does a recovery coach help?
- maintaining motivation and staying focused on personal goals
- support for creating healthy and safe boundaries for self and others
- support for maintaining the energy, passion and desire for healthy relationships
- help for engaging in activities and relationships that replace the desire to use drugs or engage in harmful behaviors
- self-empowerment and learning to ask for help as needed
- identifying needs and learning to connect to inner guidance
- creating a self-care practices that nourishes mind and body
- support in identifying and managing cravings and triggers
- learning to "own" actions and take responsibility in relationships and with behaviors
- celebrating important gains and achievements
- feeling empowered to make healthy choices
- support with structure, activities, exercise, nutrition, socializing and sleep hygiene
- maintaining hope and staying positive during the recovery process
- help with learning to be present, tolerate discomfort and live in the present moment
- create a practice of awareness, acceptance, gratitude, self-compassion and change
Self-care is not being selfish or indulgent, it is the ability to care for one's own emotional needs, set boundaries with people, manage anxiety, anger, sadness and other feelings or emotions and attend to one's more complex needs. This can happen even when other people's demands or actions make this a challenge. Society as well as friends, family and employers often have expectations of us; we subjugate our own needs in an attempt to please and care for others. In the mental health field, Individuals with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, dependency issues and codependent individuals fail to care for themselves, often until it's too late and they become sick. Some examples of chronic health conditions that benefit from self-care support and advocacy are the following: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS, arthritis, MS, Lupus, asthma, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, Lyme disease, autoimmune thyroid disorders (Hashimoto's & Graves), depression, IBS and diseases of aging as a few examples. Conventional medicine rarely addresses the root causes of many of these chronic conditions, and treats only the symptoms. A whole-body approach gives clients the choice to make radical lifestyle changes that may actually cure these common diseases or at least, greatly reduce symptoms and suffering.
Many simply aren't aware that modifications to one's habits and lifestyle can make a world of difference in terms of health and wellbeing. Yes, change takes work and the motivation to be disease-free or radically healthy must be present. Therapy and coaching can help with self-care issues by uncovering the root of the problem such self-esteem issues and other obstacles that lead to a failure to treat one's body with care. As example, when someone is depressed, therapy can help improve one’s mood thus leading to improved self-care. Helping a depressed person create space for self-care can be a challenge, but it often improves depression. The failure to care for oneself due to wanting to please or care for others, such as in a codependent relationship, or in the case of overly demanding family members, can indicate some difficulty setting boundaries, identity and self-image.
Kim Seelbrede, LCSW, RYT (200 + 500) trained with Donna Karan's groundbreaking Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program with a focus on five modalities: restorative yoga therapy, essential oils, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care. She learned the techniques of grounding, relaxation, mindfulness, present-focused meditation and restoration. To learn more about the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy training initiative or to find a class use this link.