Hello! Welcome to our new blog page! We are excited to use this page to provide more information and resources for our community. Here at Mind Right, we are passionate about advocating for increased mental health resources in Northeast Alabama. Our team of therapists, coaches, and volunteers will use this platform to share tips, stories, and advice related to improving mental health.

We truly believe that when your mind is right, everything else follows suit. Our team has designed various programs and strategies to help you achieve your mental health goals. In this blog post, we want to explore the differences in these approaches to guide your decision-making. Let’s look at the two broad fields of mental health resources we offer: Mind Right Therapy and Mind Right Coaching.

Mind Right Therapy

Mind Right Therapy services are conducted by licensed therapists accredited through the State of Alabama. Our current licensed therapists, Heather, Kari, and Amy, have training and experience in diagnosing and treating emotional and psychological problems. This process is known as psychotherapy and is the standard practice for treating mental health disorders.

Psychotherapy is a health care service. The primary benefit of psychotherapy is identifying, diagnosing, and treating nervous and mental disorders. The goals include alleviating symptoms and understanding the underlying personality dynamics which create symptoms and evoke certain behaviors. In addition, psychotherapy helps patients cope with their psychological problems and is usually covered by insurance.

At Mind Right, our therapy patients attend in-person or telehealth sessions with one of our therapists at our Ft. Payne office. During the initial session, a therapist will complete an evaluation questionnaire to determine the issues you are struggling with and determine a path for treatment. Next, patients are assessed based on their symptoms’ severity and how often they interfere with their daily lives.

The following appointments utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches to develop coping mechanisms, uncover untrue core beliefs, and correct toxic patterns of thinking. Our therapists often engage in cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on thoughts as the driving factor for actions and behavior. The name of our organization, Mind Right, is rooted in the belief that thoughts are the most significant barrier to a client’s success. Overcoming unhelpful thoughts and developing strategies for positive thinking will ultimately change actions and behavior.

Under the therapy side of our organization, we offer services supporting mental disorders, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, etc.

coaching

Mind Right Coaching

At Mind Right, we also offer coaching services. Both coaching and therapy utilize a knowledge of human behavior, motivation, behavioral change, and interactively counseling techniques; however, there are substantial differences in the goals, focus, and level of professional responsibility. Because of these key differences, Mind Right Coaching is a separate branch of our organization.

Our coaches are also trained to treat emotional and psychological problems, but specific licensure is optional. Coaches do not diagnose disorders. Instead, they focus on client goals and barriers to success. Coaching sessions do not involve psychotherapy, but if a coach identifies a potential mental disorder during a coaching session, they will discuss the possible need for the client to transfer to therapy services with a licensed therapist. Our coaching program addresses topics such as: dethroning toxic emotions, stress management, burnout recovery, etc. Coaching is driven by client-need, so the opportunities for coaching topics are limitless!

The International Coach Federation defines coaching as follows:

Professional Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses, or organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action. Coaching accelerates the client’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future. Coaches recognize that results are a matter of the client’s intentions, choices, and actions, supported by the coach’s efforts and application of the coaching process.

Coaches are guides for success. They are built-in partners to help you strategize and create action plans for your personal goals. Coaches are also aware of the barriers you face to success, and they assist you in planning for setbacks and preparing coping strategies to overcome them. Coaching can involve feelings of discomfort and frustration during the process of change. As with any human endeavor, coaching does not guarantee success; however, coaches often help our clients achieve their goals and discover a sense of purpose.

Both therapy and coaching can have a tremendous impact on the state of your mental health. We encourage you to carefully consider both approaches and decide which path would be most beneficial for helping you get your Mind Right!