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Harmonizing Mental Health & Health Coaching: A Conversation with Diana Rice, LMHC/CIMHP

Podcast 244

How can mental health practitioners and health coaches work together to support holistic wellness? Licensed mental health counselor Diana Rice explores what this interprofessional approach looks like and how it can help clients on their healing journey and revolutionize mental healthcare.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Diana’s background and experience as a licensed mental health therapist
  • Working with young and old clients to help break intergenerational trauma patterns
  • Over-reliance on diagnoses and medications in mental healthcare instead of addressing root causes
  • The importance of HIPAA compliance when expanding a private practice to include employees
  • The differences in roles and scope of practice between mental health practitioners and health coaches
  • Diana’s approach to integrating faith into her therapy practice 
  • The value of critical thinking in addressing issues like assumptions, misinformation, etc.

With over two decades of experience as a BIPOC therapist, Diana Rice is a seasoned professional at the forefront of mental health and holistic well-being. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional (CIMHP), Diana has dedicated her career to helping individuals find balance and healing.

Married for 29 years and a loving parent of four children and five grandchildren, She brings a wealth of life experience and empathy to her practice. With 15 years as a dedicated preschool teacher, she understands the importance of early childhood development and the impact it has on mental health.

Diana is not only a compassionate therapist but also an accomplished author. She has authored two poetry books, each adorned with her own digital artwork. The first book (Wrath to Riches, Justice to Gems) has already captivated readers, and the second (Anima Resuscitation) is set to be released this year.

Through her Florida-based practice, Through the Valley Therapy, Diana takes an evidence-based, innovative, and functional approach to address the complex challenges of mental health. Her expertise in complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (cPTSD) is coupled with a commitment to Christian Integrative Therapy, offering a holistic path to well-being.

Memorable Quotes

  • “Everybody needs a good listening to in a non judgmental, safe place. Not family and not friends, someone that is trained to actually understand and help you with whatever situation that you’re having.”
  • “To me, it’s about walking the walk of my belief system. It is not putting my belief system on the other human. That’s what they’re hiring me for, and that’s their personal relationship.”
  • “We cannot save the world, I can’t save the world, no health coach can save the world. But we can start within, wherever we are, to bloom where we’re planted.”
  • “You are going to feel sad, and it’s okay to feel sad. When you get stuck in it for weeks and weeks, then we need to realize what’s the root cause of that?”


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