But no, really – what IS a life coach? How is it different than therapy? How does coaching work? Who can benefit from coaching?
Let’s take these from the top.
The dictionary definition is: A person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges. In real life, we are the people who help you get clear on what you want and how you’re going to get it. We are the ones who help you to take action and have accountability surrounding your goals.
How is coaching different from therapy?
Coaches are not working with you to handle or cure a mental illness. Coaches are not trained to offer therapy and will not do so. Coaching is all about changing your life and reaching a goal, or series of goals. While you’re doing that there may be emotional issues that arise. When that happens I, as a coach, will suggest that my client speak with their therapist about it.
How does coaching work?
Everyone does it slightly differently. You can meet your coach in person, via phone or video call. You can meet 1-1 or in a group setting. You’ll start by getting clear on what your objective is – what is it that you really want? Then you will work with your coach to create a roadmap to get you there. Your coach is there to ensure that you are taking action, that you are supported, and that you stay focused on your goal.
A quick word about group coaching – I LOVE IT. Having a small group where everyone is focused on the same goal or learning about the same thing can be so powerful. You get a range of experiences and perspectives that you just can’t find in any other setting. Prices tend to be lower for group coaching and the value is phenomenal.
Who can benefit from coaching?
EVERYONE. Yup, I said it. Just like I truly believe that everyone could do with a few therapy sessions I absolutely know that everyone could use a coach. So how do you know that it’s the right time for you?
- Something isn’t working. If you have a frustration about one area of your life but you can’t seem to get traction in changing it coaching can help.
- A change is coming. Are you expecting a baby? About to have an empty nest? Facing retirement? Divorce? Looking for a new job? A coach can help you make the decisions and clear all the hurdles you’re facing.
- When you don’t quite know what’s wrong – but you know it’s not supposed to be like this. The very first thing a coach will do is to help you find clarity around an issue. So if you’re not sure what it is, exactly, that you need coaching is a great way to find out.
Most coaches specialize in working with a specific problem or group of people. So there are business coaches who help entrepreneurs launch their businesses, and there are others who help managers become more effective at communicating and supporting employees. There are weight loss coaches and creativity coaches and parenting coaches, oh my!
I work with moms. Most of the work I do is with mothers who find themselves overwhelmed, frustrated and snapping all the time. They come to me fed up and knowing that they need to take better care of themselves, just not knowing how to make that happen in their busy lives. If you’d like to see how I can help you- check out my coaching page right here.
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