In recent years, a vast number of people have become coaches, mentors, therapists. personal trainers – you name it, there’s now a helper for it.
Some of these people are highly “qualified” and have taken formal routes through universities and colleges to get qualifications that are recognised by professional bodies. Others have gained various kinds of certificates from more commercially focused training providers. Some of these are bogus, some are affiliated to “proper” institutions. Some simply require you to attend a weekend course, while others demand a certain number of “completed hours”.
Getting a university degree or professional certificate does not necessarily make someone a good therapist. Equally, someone who has completed a weekend course in Life Coaching and then printed some business cards, might just a danger to themself and to you.
Finding the right coach or mentor requires a bit of research – checking that credentials are authentic…