Many people who I’ve spoken to recently don’t really understand what life coaching is. I don’t blame them; the term is still pretty new for most people. The industry has actually been around for many years, but it’s only become more popular–and more regulated–recently. People may have heard of famous life coaches like Tony Robbins, but have never worked with one on a personal or professional level. So they don’t have a lot to go off of, or to compare to.
When most people hear the words “life coach”, they tend to try and relate it to other professions they’re familiar with like therapists, consultants and other types of coaches they know of like physical trainers or business coaches. That’s not a bad start, but there are definitely major differences between all of these professions.
First of all, life coaches don’t dwell on the past like therapists do — we focus on the present and the future to help clients reach their goals, no matter what those are. Not to discount the work that psychologists do — they are very important in helping people work through trauma and other mental health issues. We may even refer our clients to therapists if we feel they’d be better served by this type of professional.
We also aren’t consultants — we don’t tell you what to do, instead we work with you to come up with solutions of your own. Consultants are results-driven, but they usually rely on their expertise in a particular area to give their best recommendations based on what you present to them. The difference is that coaches co-create solutions with you, based on your needs. We stay unbiased and guide you through a creative process to discover your own next steps. However, we will still challenge you when we think you need it or when you’re “staying small.”
Training is important
And finally, there are many different coaching styles and training methods out there. I was trained in Whole Person Coaching by the Coach Training World in Portland, Oregon. I believe being a trained coach is important. Training helps me to stay neutral as I coach others and not ask leading questions which may alter their outcome. I also have a number of tools I use to help my clients go deep within themselves for total transformation. Finally, continual training allows me to work on my own “stuff” to better serve you.
“Whole Person Coaching is an advanced, holistic coaching method dedicated to helping clients create fulfillment by fostering balance, flow, vitality and harmony in all aspects of their life. It works with the whole person mentally, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually, recognizing and embracing the complexity and interconnectedness of all parts of their life.
Whole Person Coaching encourages clients to become self innovating so they can design, create and sustain the life they’ve always wanted to live, drawing on their own strengths, gifts and wisdom for success.“
Some benefits of coaching:
- Create balance and harmony in your life in a variety of areas (health, career, finances, relationships, home, enjoyment, etc.)
- Work with a coach to design and create your ideal lifestyle and reach your goals
- Become self-innovating throughout the process so you can sustain your success on your own
Would you like to learn more? Contact me to schedule a free introductory call or to schedule a session today.