Can someone with schizophrenia be a life coach?

Postby bogdanm » Thu Oct 21, 2021 10:39 am


I have a question. I like personal development a lot. And life coaching is a highly paid skill. I can`t get a lot of jobs due to my mental illness, and I also have a heart problem, so I can`t do physical work. So my question is, can I become a life coach? Go to a course, get certified, and then practice. Or because my life is not so great and I still live with my parents, and I can`t find a job that fulfills me, is that a big impediment to becoming a life coach.

Please let me know your thoughts
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Postby davidbanner99@ » Thu Oct 21, 2021 1:55 pm

So long as you manage your neurological differences in order to be able to live at peace with yourself, then you have something to offer. However, personally speaking, I find many people with autistic conditions are only employable in a supportive structure. I am able to control and "manage" symptoms but I can't somehow turn abnormality in normality. For me the best solution is to list the downside characteristics of a condition, but also the advantages. Example, I'm an excellent linguist but would make a poor interpreter. Then again, I would make a good translator or proof reader. That's because I process information slowly. Yet, direct communication for me is weaker.
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Postby RMont25 » Wed Oct 27, 2021 12:54 am

Of course, yes you can! People with a history of mental illness can become therapists. However, you must be able to demonstrate that your mental illness will not adversely impact your ability to treat your clients.
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Postby thomaspeter » Mon Feb 21, 2022 1:08 am

Yes you can. Recently I started coaching from coach training academy and I started this just because of my weakness of my mental health and depressed life.
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Postby Candid » Wed Feb 23, 2022 2:39 pm

Bogdanm, would you choose to consult a life coach with a mental illness and a heart problem? People most in need of help tend to be over-solicitous of their therapists, because they are by definition unable to manage their own lives. This means any sign of vulnerability will prevent them speaking frankly about their own troubles; they'd be too busy accommodating yours.

I have no doubt you can "go to a course, get certified, and then practice", since these courses are not free of charge. Also, obviously, you wouldn't need to declare your mental or physical health troubles. That being said, what kind of life coaching can people hope to get from someone whose own life is "not so great" while still living with parents?

If you're serious about wanting to help people you won't do a quickie course with guaranteed certification at the end of it then launch yourself on vulnerable clients, because you're likely to do more harm than good. At best you are, to put it mildly, badly placed to advise anyone else whose life is also "not so great".

I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I know a lot of people who've taken a psychology degree at university and then, after years out of the workforce, have returned to whatever they were doing before. Can you, with your parents' continued co-operation, sustain yourself long enough to take a degree, a masters, and a doctorate?

It can't be stressed too often that the people most in need of help are the least able to pay for it. If you can become genuinely qualified and see yourself as preferred adviser to the mega-rich neurotic, go for it.

By the way, thomaspeter is an unreliable source. So far all three of his posts are about !life coaching".
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