What is Life Coaching?
Life coaching is an action based discussion between you and your coach. It is about moving forward from wherever you are now regardless of how you got there.
What is the Life Coaching process?
It always start with an intake session, where we get to know one another. I take some history and you explain what you would like to achieve from the coaching. If you are not sure at first, don’t worry as I can help you explore the areas in your life that you may wish to change. We will then usually go through a number of items to help bring a new awareness to guide you through the changes you would like to see and keep you on track.
What are the benefits of Life Coaching?
Having a life coach will move you forward much faster than you could generally do on your own. Your confidence will improve and you will find direction. You will be challenged in a comfortable way, which may help you take a new look at the things that have not been working for you. You will realize your true potential in a supportive environment. Coaching reduces stress as you talk through the things you have on your mind, whether it be time management or personal issues.
Is Life Coaching another name for mentoring?
There are some similarities but mentoring often focuses on receiving advice from someone who is very experienced or is considered an expert in a specific subject. Coaching is not based on dispensing advice. Instead, it increases people’s insights into their own abilities and strengths and helps them achieve their full potential and become who they really want to be. It is based on the belief that people have the internal resources that enable them to achieve bigger and better results in all areas of their lives.
Is Coaching the same as Therapy or Counseling?
Coaching is not the same as therapy or counseling. Coaching is focused on getting you from where you are now to where you want to be. Coaching is about taking action, whereas therapy or counseling is about looking into your past of an issue you have had that may be holding you back. The similarity between the two involves the fact that they both enable us to recognize that some of our beliefs, thoughts and decisions are unhelpful to ourselves and limit us. In coaching, we work on limiting beliefs together and replace them with supportive ones that encourage greater successes and happiness.
Is the Life Coaching like sharing thoughts and problems with a friend?
Coaching focuses entirely on you and involves the identification of goals, outlining how to achieve them, and addressing any barriers in order to enable clients to increase their effectiveness, happiness and productivity in all areas of their lives. Unlike a friend, the coach has no emotional agenda of his/her own and is, therefore, able to remain independent, non-judgmental and non-critical throughout.
Is Life Coaching time consuming?
On average the sessions take place every two or three weeks and last an hour. You can have any number of sessions, from one upwards, it’s up to you. Most clients start out with one session for a couple of weeks, then drop it to once every two weeks, until we get to a “maintenance” phase, where you check in with your coach every 6 weeks or so. You can also have just one a session whenever something comes up that you would like help with or to help you make a decision about something very important in your life.
We spend weeks planning a vacation but spend little time planning our life. Which is more important to you?
How do we meet for Coaching sessions?
Life is fluid and I recognize the need to meet clients where they are and in ways that work for them – especially when we are in different cities, states, and countries. Many sessions happen over the telephone, Apple FaceTime, Skype or WhatsApp, and in-person through mutual agreement.