What’s a Life Coach?
Life and people are complicated, but overcoming doesn’t have to be! A master life coach is trained to help people identify challenges, understand the obstacles between them and their desired results, and make the changes necessary to turn dreams into reality. The coach is not an “expert” on the client’s life. Rather the coach brings out the expert within the client, so he/she functions on all levels at full capacity.
The International Coaching Federation states that “coaching is an on-going partnership that supports clients to produce fulfilling results in both their personal and professional lives. The coaching process allows a person to deepen their learning, improve their performance and enhance their quality of life.” As such, coaching takes a strengths-based approach drawing from the rich inner resources within the client. The master coach
- listens intently,
- asks the right questions,
- reveals self-limiting beliefs,
- provides thought-provoking reflection,
- spurs creative thinking,
- conducts behavioral “experiments” with clients in working toward change, and
- illuminates the pathway to resolutions.
How is life coaching different than therapy?
Therapists are master’s degree (or higher) level clinicians specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. They are required to demonstrate a high level of education, training, mentoring, clinical knowledge, and professionalism to meet state licensure regulations, and must complete continuing education credits to maintain their licenses.
The counseling process frequently delves into revisiting a client’s history, uncovering family-of-origin issues, healing traumas, identifying and treating biologically-based imbalances in the brain, revealing long-standing schemas and self-defeating patterns, and modifying personality traits to achieve higher levels of intra- and inter-personal functioning.
People seek therapy to deal with depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit – hyperactivity disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder just to name a few.
Coaches are not therapists. There is no specific training required and no licensure requirement at this time to perform the role of “coach.” Conversely, many therapists conduct life coaching. As a natural part of the treatment process, many clients progress to a point where the focus is on maintaining health and overall wellness; maximizing energy and productivity; discovering their passion and life purpose; finding a life partner to love and be loved by, and creating meaningful social networks.
Who needs life coaching?
Better yet, who doesn’t? Coaching is perfect for professionals, entrepreneurs, small business owners, people struggling with interpersonal relationship skills, people with low self-confidence, and anyone wanting more out of life.
A coach will help you set realistic and achievable goals, and tackle issues such as:
- Dealing with workplace stressors
- Overcoming self-doubt, negative self-talk, and barriers to success
- Starting or maintaining a thriving business
- Conquering social anxiety or awkwardness
- Transitioning into a new job, location, stage of life, or relational status
- Developing conversation and presentation skills
- Managing time effectively
- Building motivation and saying “no” to procrastination
- Finding, nurturing, and maintaining deep friendship bonds
- Living an authentic life with high self-esteem and confidence!
What does it cost and how do I pay for life coaching?
Unlike psychotherapy which must meet “medical necessity” to be a covered benefit by insurance, life coaching is not covered by insurance. But anyone can receive life coaching! We offer a variety of affordable private pay options and would be happy to discuss them with you!