What is life coaching?
Life coaching helps individuals live their lives to the fullest by introducing new perspectives to realize hidden potential. It also offers clients tools to identify limiting beliefs that sabotage growth and hinder happiness.
Coaching offers clients support and mentoring during transitional times in their lives and also during times when they are searching for something more in their lives and want an alternative to traditional therapy. Coaching is motivational, inspirational, exciting, positive, and customized to each client. It has also been described as a process of self-discovery through inquiry, reflection, and creativity.
What is a life coach?
Life coaches aren’t counselors or therapists; they are are not usually qualified to diagnose or treat mental health issues. Licensed therapists and counselors gain most of their knowledge from psychology classes at a university, and life coaches gain insight from their own life experiences. One doesn’t make the other one better; they are just different. Clients who prefer coaches over therapists feel reassured in knowing that their coach has had personal experience in dealing in the same matters in which she is coaching them. The coach’s primary role is to provide a system, based on their own personal expertise, that makes it easier for clients to achieve their goals. Coaches help individuals identify strengths and weaknesses and provides clientes with strategies for personal development based on their client’s strengths.
How is life coaching different from therapy?
Therapy tends to focus on healing past experiences and is geared toward clients who are experiencing some type of emotional or psychological suffering. Coaching, however, focuses on the present moment and empowers the client to take inspired action to move forward toward a desired goal. While some coaching clients may be experiencing difficulties in certain areas and seek resolution through guidance and support, other clients are interested in ways to enhance and improve the overall quality of their lives.
Life coaching is an alternative to therapy without the use of drugs to aid in the treatment of an emotional or psychological problem. Coaches who have been successful in their lives in dealing with specific situations share their wisdom they have learned so that clients are able to side-step some of the pain and aggravation that often accompanies the learning process. It is in this regard that they are often viewed as personal experts.
Both therapy and coaching honor the same confidentiality in a completely non-judgemental setting.