Sally Cregeen - SSC Solutions Ltd
I am Sally, a coaching psychologist specialising in mental health coaching. One in four people will have a mental health problem in the UK at some point and most are mild, successfully treated and short term. The most common problems that people experience are anxiety and depression but there can still be confusion and stigma around how best to manage these. I therefore help people who are struggling with these problems and give them support and advice to get back on track, and better still, tools and skills to manage in the future!
What problems might bring people to mental health coaching?
- You might be feeling stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed.
- You might have been signed off work by the GP for a short time to recover.
- You might be struggling with anxiety.
- You might be struggling with a low mood.
- You might have a mental health diagnosis but want to work toward a life goal to make them feel happier.
- You might have had a serious mental health problem and been in therapy and now want to work toward getting their lives ‘back on track’.
What is mental health coaching and how does it work?
It mostly uses the cognitive behavioural framework to support adults living with mental health difficulties. It is action oriented with an emphasis on improving one’s life and achieving goals for the future. I facilitate change in the client’s behaviour by providing expertise and supporting them to remain ‘on track’ with goals and challenges. It focuses on tackling psychological blocks to achievement, how to manage their mental health difficulty, how to follow a recovery plan, how to live more healthily and generally how to get their life ‘back on track’.
How might mental health coaching help you?
- You will be offered a safe space to discuss your difficulties and how to address them.
- You will learn problem solving techniques so that you can directly tackle these as they arise in the future even without my support.
- You will be supported to work toward goals with guidance, despite your mental health diagnosis.
- You will learn how thinking affects your mood and how to change your thinking so that you can feel happier and lead a more fulfilled life.
- You will learn about how stress affects your body and how to make yourself feel better.
- You will learn about how anxiety and depression affect you and how to manage them to help you live life again.
What is the difference between mental health coaching and therapy for a mental health diagnosis?
Whilst as a coaching psychologist I may use the same theoretical frameworks as a therapist, there are clear differences between the two interventions.
Firstly, coaching focuses less on emotional regulation and is primarily concerned by the pursuit of a goal in the present and the future.
Secondly, there will also be less focus on the diagnosis (if a client has one) and more on outcome. The idea behind mental health coaching is that the client is largely ‘functional’ in their life but might be struggling in certain aspects. Therapy is largely concerned with dysfunctional behaviour.
Who would not be suitable for mental health coaching?
There are certain situations where it would not be appropriate to have mental health coaching:
- Where a more complex mental health diagnosis prevents someone focusing on a goal.
- In situations where someone might be ‘stuck in the past’ and unable to focus on the present and future.
- In situations where medication might need time to work before they can take an active lead in their recovery.
- Where emotional disturbance is too high
Throughout my career I have seen the extremely positive effect of people getting early help with mental health issues and similarly, what can happen if this support is not given at the right time. I have seen how it can destroy lives for well-meaning people and how much money is lost in industry due to people being off sick, and not working productively. There are many different resources available but often it is difficult to find them and reach out to them.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have spent the past eighteen years studying and working in adult mental health across a variety of NHS psychological services. I have worked at leading institutions such as the Institute of Psychiatry in a research capacity as well as in-patient services and community services. I have worked with people who have mild, moderate and very severe mental health issues from depression to psychosis. I therefore have an excellent understanding of the mental health framework in the UK, how it is delivered and how it fails to support many people due to lack of funding, resources and inaccessibility. Often people don’t know how to get the help they need either because they don’t know who to ask or because when they ask, they don’t get the right help at the right time.
Training and Qualifications
- Advanced Diploma in Coaching Psychology (Centre for Coaching and Stress Management)
- Certificate in Coaching Psychology (Centre for Coaching and Stress Management)
- Primary Certificate in Stress Management (Centre for Coaching and Stress Management)
- Primary certificate in problem focused counselling, coaching and training (Centre for Coaching and Stress Management)
- Primary certificate in Performance Coaching (Centre for Coaching and Stress management)
- Certificate in Coaching (Centre for Coaching and Stress Management)
- GBR status to British Psychological Society
- MSc Health Psychology (University of Sussex)
- Postgraduate Diploma Psychology (Royal Holloway University)
- BA (Hons) Human Sciences (University of Durham)
Areas of coaching we deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Mental health coaching
£50 per hour
- Associate member of International Society Coaching Psychology
- Graduate member of British Psychological Society
- Associate member of Association for Coaching