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Welcome to Coach’s Corner, a series featuring mental health and wellbeing professionals in the tethr community where we get to learn a little more about the amazing work they do. If you want to share your work with the community, click here. Today we’re featuring Kaden James, a Life Coach and Bestselling Author in California. He’s certified through the Expert Rating Certification Training Program with Robbins-Madanes, the Marianne Williamson Teaching the Teachers Course and the Bob Proctor Wealth Coaching Course, among others.

What led you to a career in mental health and wellbeing?

I went through a lot of deep pain and tough challenges throughout my childhood and into my twenties and as I learned how to heal parts of my life I just wanted to help everyone I could.

For anyone who isn't familiar, can you explain the kind of work that you do with patients/clients? Do you have a specialized area you focus on?

I do heart centered coaching by helping clients uncover what they truly want to experience and share in this phase of their lives. Then I work to align their mind in service to their heart so that they can experience the greatest power, their own light.

If you could only give one piece of advice to someone struggling with their mental health and wellbeing, what would it be?

Love yourself, love every bit of you and also love the parts that are hurting. Be gentle and treat yourself as you would a little child who is hurt. Your healing, heals the world and this work you are doing on yourself is sacred.

What's the most important change you'd like to see in men's mental health? Or something you've already seen change?

I am currently seeing a shift, which tethr is a big part of, in how men see themselves and how they are supporting each other to feel. It's a beautiful thing and so powerful to be a part of.

What do you value most about peer support in a person's mental health and wellbeing journey? What does peer support look like to you?

Peer support is crucial, these relationships we form with others who have experienced similar feelings or who are empathetic means we feel less alone. With therapists many men do intense work and then the time is up and may feel like they need to wait until their next appointment. With peer support, especially a community like tethr, you have 24/7 access to a community that cares about you.

How do you explain the difference between thoughts and feelings and the relationship between the two?

Thoughts are often our perception of things, people, and events that happen. They can be conscious or subconscious. Feelings are the sensations we experience from an emotion.

What is the most inspiring part of your work, the thing that keeps you going? What is one thing you have learned that you want to share with everyone reading?

I love helping people grow and lead lives full of passion, joy, and fulfillment. One thing I would like to share with you is that at any time you can reach out for help. I know what it's like to struggle to be homeless, to not have food to eat, to be abused, to be scared you're going to die, to have health issues, to feel completely alone in the world, to be bullied, to not want to live anymore but I now know some ways to reconnect with your inner light and find your way through the greatest challenges and toughest times. You are worthy of love and a life you love.

To learn more about Kaden and his work, check out his website, Instagram and Twitter.

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