What is it?
Life Coaching is a profession that is different from counselling. The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and changes in the client’s personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.
One difference between counselling and life coaching is that counselling can investigate the underlying causes of mental health problems. Life coaching focuses more so on the future to encourage personal-development and self-improvement. Life coaches, like counsellors, are not qualified to diagnose or treat any health-related problems, although if the situation arises they may suggest you see a GP.
During the session, your life coach will ask you a few questions, such as what you want to get out of life, what areas you’re unhappy with and where you’d like to see yourself ending up. Although a life coach will work with you, it’s often up to you to challenge or reflect upon certain ideas to help you move forward with your life. You will never be forced to make any decisions you don’t feel comfortable with and all sessions will be confidential, allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings privately.
Life coaching is often seen as a partnership between you and your life coach, who will gently encourage you to explore how to make positive changes in your life. A life coach should also offer support and feedback to help you to stay focused on your goals.