WTF is a Life Coach?
WTF Is Life Coaching?
What does a coach even do? Is that even a job? It sure is and I’m here to explain the basics to you. Let’s start off with the history of Life Coaching.
In the late 1980’s Life Coaching begun in America, it seemed to bridge the gap between psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. The relationship between the coach and client, coach was to listen not lead. Very different to how we practice now days, it is common for a coach to ask leading questions and provide insight.
What Life Coaching Is:
- A method of assisted self exploration that helps determine the clients current situation, their intentions, aspirations and the means to meet their objectives.
- A partnership between coach and client.
- An exploration of the map individuals create for their life. It examines the significance given to various events in their lives as well as how this affects the quality of their lives.
- A process to create solutions resulting in sustained change.
What Life Coaching Is Not:
- Therapy / Counselling
- Observing and learning from a seasoned professional (Mentoring)
- A quick fix
- Coach telling the client what to do
Coaching is 100% confidential and a judgement free zone creating a safe space for the client to explore freely.
Coaching covers a variety of specialties including:
- Spiritual Coaching
- Life Coaching
- Relationship Coaching
- Small Business Coaching
- Leadership Coaching
- Executive Coaching
- Teen & Group Coaching
The objective of Life Coaching is to assist clients in achieving their aspirations. Coaching enables the client to refine their learning methods, boost performance, and increase quality of life. This a client directed practice, with the client determining the focus of each session. Ideally the client will identify their current situation, and understand how to take action, however if there is a situation beyond the coaches skill set (medical, financial) referral will be provided or emergency services will be called upon.
Coaching uses many techniques including NLP and Hypnosis. The most important characteristic of a coach? Curiosity! Yep that’s it, perpetual discovery. To be constantly and consistently asking questions, wondering why things are a certain way, challenging established assumptions and thought patterns, and moving out of comfort zones.
If that sounds like something you are interested in, you can book in with me for a free intro session and try it out for yourself!