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Life coaching for mental health recovery: the emerging practice of recovery coaching

  • Rani Bora, Saija Leaning, Alison Moores and Glenn Roberts

Mental health services are increasingly expected to engage in a process of cultural change to fulfil guiding values and hopes for choice, personalisation, self-determination, social inclusion and personal recovery. It is unclear how this will be achieved. This transformational agenda also engages with an ambition for progressive change in practice across mental health professions to support people in self-care and self-management, based on a new relationship between practitioners and users of mental health services. There is little consistent guidance on the content of recovery-oriented and socially inclusive practice and what may be the new competencies and skills that would most effectively support recovery outcomes. Life coaching to support recovery for people with mental health needs is emerging as a creative possibility with considerable potential to support this ambition. This is an exploratory article which offers an overview of experience so far, suggests further routes for development and, in line with the College's Fair Deal campaign, underlines the need for evaluation.

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Dr Glenn Roberts, Wonford House Hospital, Dryden Road, Exeter EX2 5AF, UK. Email:
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Both R. B. and S. L. are qualified as life coaches and are interested in coaching from both a personal and professional perspective.

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