1.  What Does a Life Coach Do?

A life coach listens and becomes a partner in their clients endeavors and your confident. Life coaches work with their clients to help them enhance their relationships, expand their careers, support their families,  achieve goals, overcome obstacles and make changes or shifts in all aspects of their lives. The client can be an individual, a family, a couple a group or company.  A coach will work with their client by helping them create balance,  while restructuring a team to a company’s procedures.   A coach thinks creatively in helping their clients come up with options and ideas and can see hope and possibilities for their clients. A coach very often will work spiritually with their clients reinforcing a connection to the deeper meanings in life.  Coaches offer accountability and can see a client’s dreams and the steps necessary to acquire those dreams.  A coach can be your best friend.

 

 

  1. What is the difference between a coach and a therapist?

This question is asked often, and here’s my answer life coaching is not considered “therapy” but is certainly therapeutic.  Therapy relates to the treatment of a disease or disorder and has a beneficial effect on the body or mind. Coaching has a beneficial effect on the body and mind and soul.

Like therapists, coaches listen, helping people move forward by setting personal and professional goals towards the life they really want. Life coaches seem to get more into the details of life rather than a specific disease or disorder, neurosis or chemical imbalance.  A coaching client can be a bit stuck or simply want to make a big change in their lives and want the support that a personal coach can provide.

A coaching environment tends to be less formal and more intimate then a therapist. Coaches work with their clients on all levels of life and business performance, personal growth, development, and over all wellbeing. Coaching can be a shorter process than therapy.

  1. Do I need a coach or therapist?

Everyone can use a little extra help from their friends, right? A little support goes along way when handling life’s challenges — and one way to get it is by talking with a professional.  Verbalizing your feelings and finding some perspective can go far and make a huge difference. The best part is it doesn’t have to take too long to experience positive change. When you look at your reasons for wanting or thinking you need professional help what are your reasons?  Ask yourself some questions.  The more serious reasons may require a therapist rather than a coach.  As a coach I am comfortable working with many various clients whether they are a little stuck to those more confused and very stuck.

Many therapists today practice more of a coaching style than years past. That style may be less formal and more intimate. Coaches tend to work in a less formal setting and can also coach in person, and more often over the phone using other forms of technology like skype etc.  The line between a coach and therapist these days can be a slight difference and blurry.  Sometimes it boils down to who can you be most open with and who helps you open up more.  Who do you want to tell your story too? Coaching and therapy differ in style and in some cases niche. If you are someone who feels that you would be better served with a therapist than that is who you should talk with.  If you feel that your issues  are no feeling like they are life or death than a coach may serve you well.  It might be a great idea to chat with someone from each and see who you resonate with and take it from there.  You may start with a therapist and then find yourself in a coaching relationship or vice versa.

 

  1. Does a life coach take insurance?

There is no current insurance for a life coaching. There are opportunities for a sliding scale and payment plans with some and special programs.  Depending on the coach support can be worked through and most coaches will take credit cards.  Once you find the coach you feel most connected to ask them how they bill and handle their fee structure.

 

  1. How do you know you can trust a life coach?

A life coach is someone who is confidential and should not divulge any information about you without your permission.  Coaches should follow the same ethical  standards as do therapists.  Ask your friends or family,  circle and network for a referral.  As your doctors who they know.  These referrals say something.  Does the coach have a web site with testimonials?  What are they sharing on their site?  Do they have a google my biz listing?  What vibes are you getting from someone’s experience level and the things they share on social media.  What do they talk about and how do they seem to run their practice?  Do you like how this person communicates and is this someone you like how they seem to be in this world? Do you believe in some similar things and have a similar philosophy about life?  And if you are still not sure have a one on one with them to see if you feel comfortable in their presence.

 

  1. How does coaching work?

Most coaching is done during a session usually starting off once a week and running each week for a designated period of time.  These sessions are about an hour.  Some coaches offer their clients “homework” which just may be a bit of practice.   Clients can come into the session with a particular question or event they want to discuss, or the coach may start off asking questions based on a previous session. In my practice I do encourage my clients to call in whenever they would like additional support between sessions.  These call-in sessions only last a few minutes and can be beneficial when we are working with a particular issue that can be addressed in the moment.  These call ins are free of charge.  In person many coaching is done in a relaxed atmosphere in a living room type setting.  Some coaches take their clients into nature and on a walk while others may coach in an office or over the phone. Some coaches offer packages while others pay as you go.  Coaching is a conversation that can be serious and moving and fun at the same time.  Some coaches assign a particular time and day each week to a client while others are more open. Coaching can accommodate various schedules and locations.

  1. What is the difference between a life coach and a business coach?

A life coach takes all of life into account.  Life coaching is about every part of your life and can include business coaching per ce.  I often say that as coaches we work with a whole person and not a piece of someone. That is why in life coaching we can coach about anything. If you have an issue with your business or work, it will affect your life and vice versa.   It is impossible to leave out the person when only doing business coaching. If you are dealing with a particular business issue, strategy and require specific procedures and expertise you may look for a life/business coach with more years of experience.  I also feel that coaches have a preference as to what types of clients and situations they like to work with. These preferences dictate the type of coach they are and the areas they focus on.  When choosing your coach read their bio.  What are they saying, what is their history and who do they say they are?  Coaches will tell you what they like and what they don’t like and what they focus their practice on. If you have a particular need just ask.

  1. What can a coach help me to change?

A coach can help you change anything you want to change, you just have to want it even when you don’t exactly know what it is.  A coach can help you find your dreams and help you to access them. A coach can help you with your relationships and most importantly a coach can help you find you.  The coaching process can be as fast and as slow as you want it. Coaches have lots of questions and you have the answers and together you can do anything. You don’t even have to know what you want to change.  Let’s say you just know you want to change or something is not working.  A coach will help you narrow down where to start, how to start and will help you find success.  As in anything it takes patience. There are many people who enter into coaching for a short precise time and others that enjoy it so much they stay.  Since coaching is a partnership coaches do not control your process it is all yours and they are there to be your mirror image, alter ego, best friend, and show you all sides so you can make the best decisions.