What is a life coach?
A life coach is someone who aims to help and empower others to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals - including excelling in the workplace, becoming happy and fulfilled in the home, exploring the self and the world, and achieving ambitions.
By harnessing specialist techniques based on core psychological principals and natural intuition, life coaches provide clients with the tools to confidently face difficult situations, push past emotional barriers and eventually view life with fresh, hopeful and enlightened eyes.
Just as sports coaching enables athletes to hone themselves into the fastest, strongest competitors in their sport, life coaching helps people from all professional and personal backgrounds improve their strengths and define their values and goals and make powerful changes to improve their quality of life.
A life coach will never tell you what to do - he or she will never attempt to dish out advice because, first of all - giving advice is just a way of imposing a personal view of the world onto another person (who may or may not share the same view) and, secondly - it is not a life coach's job to become personally involved in a client's life. Life coaching is about objectivity, structure and empowerment, not instruction or indoctrination.
At the heart of it all lies the idea that clients must be given the power to help themselves. Offering advice, opinions and judgements would undermine some of the basic principals behind life coaching, which include:
We all have different perspectives of the world - no one perspective is 'right' or 'wrong', but some perspectives are restrictive and can stop a person becoming who they want to be.
It is within everyone's capability to adjust the limits of their own perspective. With the help of life coaching, anyone can learn to open their mind if they wish.
There is a difference between an instructor and a guide. An instructor shows a person exactly what to do, whereas a guide provides the tools and support a person needs to do something for themselves. A life coach is a guide, not an instructor.
What's the difference between coaching and therapy?
The difference between coaching and therapy is that coaching is more about moving forward and less about processing the past. The coach's role is to ask very powerful questions based on what the client presents in sessions. Such questions help the client find the wisdom and answers to move forward. The coach will also help the client identify obstacles such as limiting beliefs, negative thought patterns, disorganization, poor time management and unclear values and goals. Coaching also focuses on building accountability into goal achievement and creating powerful motivation towards goals.
How much does coaching cost? Can I afford it?
Most coaches offer packages based on individual needs. The most common package is 3 months of weekly coaching. Coaches generally charge by the hour. Life coaching typically begins at $100 an hour, executive coaching and group coaching is more expensive. Coaching is paid for in full at the time your book your particular package. Contact me for specific prices, cancellation policies, discounts and details.