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What is a Life Coach?
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines professional coaching as a coach-client partnership where we set goals, create outcomes and manage personal change. According to Dr. Patrick Williams, founder of the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT), the client-coach partnership is successful because the client is the expert on their life and the coach is the expert on the coaching process. In this way, the coach using the knowledge provided by the client to promote self discovery, clarity of goals and intentions, draw forth the client’s ideas, and hold the client responsible and accountable for their success. For me personally, a life coach is both someone who believes in their clients ability to succeed and someone who serves as an accountability partner to help the client push forward.
What can a Life Coach do for me?
People seek life coaches for many reasons. If you identify with any of the following statements, then life coaching is right for you.
I consider myself to be self-motivated, capable and resourceful and…
- I am seeking clarity on my goals and how to reach them.
- I see myself living a certain lifestyle but I am not sure how to get there.
- I feel my life has plateaued and am searching for renewed meaning and clarity.
- I am looking for an accountability partner to help me follow through on my plans/goals.
What is the different between a life coach and a therapist?
In order for life coaching to be successful, the client must understand what they are signing up for. It is not uncommon for a life coach to be confused with a therapist or other helping professional. Fundamentally, life coaches and therapists have different objectives when working with people.
A therapist is someone who is a trained professional in a medical field, such as professional licensed counselor, licensed clinical psychologist, licensed social worker, etc. In general, therapy is used to address past experiences causing underlying issues that are pervasive and disruptive to living a happy/healthy life for the patient. The objective of therapy is prevention and treatment of underlining health issues as described in the DSM-5 (a manual for the assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders). Health concerns may include issues such as PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Autism, etc.
Life coaching is not a medical profession. Life coaches are currently not required to be licensed, accredited, or certified in the US. The objective of a life coach is to use the strengths and abilities of the client to achieve goals and personal or professional growth. The underlying assumption of a life coach is that clients are fully capable of managing their lives, goals, present and future selves. In general, life coaching is used to create and implement actionable items that help mold the present and future of the client. According to the ICF, Coaching “supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is future focused. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one’s work or personal life. The emphases in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow through.”
It’s important to note that neither life coaching nor therapy are superior to the other. Life coaching and therapy have fundamentally different objectives and I highly recommended therapy to anyone who wants to address underlying mental health issues that are disrupting their lives and having a negative impact on their health and happiness.
How much does life coaching cost?
In general, life coaches charge anywhere from $100- $600 per session. Anyone who looks at coaching as an expense, might find the cost intimidating, when in reality, life coaching is an investment in yourself, your life, your happiness, and your wellbeing. Unlike most things in life, investing in yourself is something that will last a lifetime. With that said, I am passionate about and committed to making life coaching accessible for all who are serious about self development and self fulfillment. Check out my coaching packages here.
Why Should I work with you?
Great question! Finding a life coach that aligns with your philosophy and learning style are crucial to your success. I am a firm believer in trial and error but never failure. I don’t consider anything I’ve done in life as a failure, only a lesson learned on what won’t work for next time. This is the kind of energy I bring to my coaching sessions every time. I also bring 3+ years of experience in client management, professional advising and mentoring. The bottom line is that working with me is an investment in yourself, and an investment in yourself is the most rewarding. Together we can transform dreams into goals and goals into accomplishment.