Many people suffer from depression and anxiety, whether on a daily, more regular basis, or intermittently in their life. Since the two are different, we’ll start with dissecting depression. With depression being a very complex disease, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what the true causes are. But we do know it can occur for various reasons such as from experiencing a serious health/medical issue, a life change, the passing of someone we love, changing jobs, or a break-up of a relationship or divorce. These “triggers” can cause a series of effects that include feeling sad, lonely, overwhelmed, and hopeless. Some additional symptoms that can occur can be an increase in anxiety levels, mood swings, lowered self-esteem, and scattered “spinning around” thoughts.

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines Anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.

Anxiety on the other hand draws more on nervousness, worry, fear, and apprehension, and can result in triggering a more rigid black or white perspective on life and daily events. “Anxiety is a normal and healthy emotion. However, when a person regularly feels disproportionate levels of anxiety, it might become a medical disorder,” says Medical News Today. Today, anxiety disorders is the most common group of mental illnesses in American and affects more than 40 million people.

As life doesn’t slow down, coupled with the feeling of ‘loss of control’ on many things, people can start to feel weighted down, over-taxied, and unable to cope with day-to-day challenges, let alone anymore curve balls thrown their way.

Coaching for Depression and Anxiety

A proven method that works well with aiding someone at this place in their lives is having a mental health coach or mental health companion work with them, guide them, and “hold their hand” as they navigate back to more stabled-ground. Our mental health coaches and companions, who undergo rigorous, specialized training by a clinical psychologist, engage, support and help individuals who struggle with mental health disorders so that they can function more productively in their day-to-day life. Some of the most common mental health issues we work with include anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, personality disorder, substance abuse, phobias, eating disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and mood disorder such as depression or feeling manic.

“We invest in training and ongoing clinical supervision for all of our coaches and companions to ensure that we are delivering the highest quality of services to our clients and their families.”  ~ Connections in Recovery

Connections in Recovery (CiR) is renowned for its superior concierge companion and coaches services, which they put in place two decades ago, when the owners Lauren Arborio and Patty Baret first launched the company. Today, CiR is based out of Los Angeles, New York, and Europe as well as provides services throughout the states and globally.

CiR mental health companions and mental health coaches are trained in an evidence-based and integrated model–Behavioral Health Recovery Supervision model (BHRS)–created by Georgina K. Smith, Ph.D., who is Connections in Recovery’s Clinical Supervisor and a licensed clinical psychologist. This comprehensive, ongoing training program ensures that each of our clients receives the highest quality of care and support in achieving their mental health recovery goals.

As an EMDR clinician, substance use disorders specialist, case management consultant, and educator, Dr. Smith’s treatment specialties include addiction, depression, trauma, relationship issues, borderline personality disorder, self-injury, impulse regulation issues, and eating disorders.

CiR is proud to offer 24/7 moment-to-moment supervision. Each coach/companion receives ongoing clinical support and guidance through the duration of their time with the client. This has been a tremendous asset, especially in more complex cases as well as when transporting a client to a safe location or treatment program.

Our next training for our LA, NY and European coaches is on Feb. 27th, 2021

If you or a loved one needs guidance and support, visit us at www.connectionsinrecovery.com or give us a call at 1-888-617-1050.

Helpful Resource: Coping with Depression Guide ~ Help Guide Org.