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Navigating the Path to Mental Health and Wellness: Your Journey of Self-Discovery

Updated: Apr 3

Embarking on a journey towards mental health and wellness can feel like stepping into the unknown. The path ahead may seem unclear, and taking those initial steps can be intimidating. It's common to feel overwhelmed or unsure about where to start. However, it's important to understand that even small steps can lead to significant progress.

One important aspect to consider is the difference between 'Trauma Therapy' and Trauma-Informed Therapy', and the difference between 'Coaching' and 'Therapy'.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy is a specialized form of therapy that is specifically designed to address the psychological effects of trauma. Trauma therapy is typically conducted by licensed mental health professionals, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, or licensed clinical social workers, who have received specialized training in trauma treatment. The primary goal of trauma therapy is to help individuals process and heal from traumatic experiences, such as abuse, accidents, or natural disasters. Trauma therapy often involves evidence-based interventions, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), or trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). These interventions are aimed at helping individuals develop coping skills, process traumatic memories, and reduce symptoms of trauma, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Trauma-Informed Therapy:

Trauma-informed therapy is an approach to therapy that takes into account the impact of trauma on an individual's life and integrates this understanding into all aspects of treatment. Trauma-informed therapy is not limited to treating trauma-related disorders but is a broader framework that can be applied to various therapeutic modalities, such as psychotherapy, counseling, or group therapy. The key principles of trauma-informed therapy include safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment. Trauma-informed therapists are trained to create a safe and supportive environment for clients, to avoid re-traumatization, and to empower clients to take an active role in their healing process. Trauma-informed therapy can be beneficial for individuals who have experienced trauma but may not require specialized trauma treatment.


Coaching is a distinct profession that focuses on helping individuals achieve personal or professional goals, improve performance, and enhance their overall well-being. Unlike therapy, coaching is not focused on diagnosing or treating mental health disorders but is instead geared towards personal development and goal achievement. Coaches may work with clients on a wide range of issues, such as career development, relationships, health, or life transitions. While coaching may involve addressing challenges or obstacles that stem from past experiences, it does not typically delve into deep-rooted psychological issues or trauma. Coaches are not trained to provide therapy or treat mental health conditions but may refer clients to mental health professionals if they determine that therapy is necessary.

Regardless of which approach you choose, it's crucial to recognize and celebrate each step forward. Whether you're contemplating your next move, scheduling a therapy session, or engaging with a support group, each action is a valuable investment in your well-being.

At the Foundation for Artistic Expression (F.A.E.) and through our 'Probably Important Podcast,' we are here to support you on your journey. We offer a variety of resources, a welcoming community, and valuable insights to help you navigate the complex path to mental health and wellness. Remember, progress may not always be linear, but every small step forward is a step in the right direction.

As you begin your journey towards wellness, consider incorporating these three simple practices into your daily routine:

1. Mindful Breathing: Take a few minutes each day to practice mindful breathing. This simple exercise can help reduce stress and promote feelings of calmness and mental clarity.

2. Gratitude Journaling: Start a gratitude journal and write down three things you're grateful for each day. This practice can shift your focus from negative to positive thoughts, improving your mood and overall outlook.

3. Physical Activity: Include some form of physical activity in your daily routine, whether it's a short walk or some gentle stretching. Regular exercise can boost your mood, reduce anxiety, and increase your energy levels.

Remember, your mental health journey is unique to you, and it's okay to progress at your own pace. With the right support and resources, you can navigate this journey with confidence and resilience, emerging stronger and more in tune with yourself.

When searching for therapy/coaching I would

  • Ask friends for referrals

  • Ask Google

  • Find a Podcast

  • Look on Social Media for an Individual Who Aligns With Me

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