What is life coaching?
This is probably the first question I get asked when I tell people what I do. So here’s what I tell them:
You know how coaching works for sports, right?
So here’s this person with experience who knows a lot about the sport that the athlete is working on. They know all the ins and outs of the sport: the strategy, the movements, the drills, the competition level. The athlete trusts this person to guide them, mentor them, point out things they need to work on and then work with them so that the athlete can perform at their best.
The coach makes the athlete go through physical conditioning so that they can be stronger. S/he makes them do drills so that certain movements become like second nature to them. S/he teaches them strategies to help them be more competitive. And perhaps just as importantly, the coach works with the athlete’s mindset, to make sure that the athlete becomes aware of any mental blockages and together they work through them so that the athlete can feel as confident in their own abilities as the coach does.
So, when you think of it this way, it’s easy to take that and apply it to Life in general. If you have areas in your life that you want to improve, a life coach can be that expert who can guide you through the process necessary to help you make positive changes and easily reach your goals.
Just like in sports, the coaching process won’t always be comfortable. A coach will guide you, mentor you, and cheer you on, but they will also push you so that you can push yourself beyond your comfort zone.
Because that’s where the magic happens.
That’s how you can begin to believe in your own limitless possibilities and create the life you want.
Is coaching the same as counselling?
As a student in a Master of Counselling Psychology program, I can tell you that even I was a little confused at first. There are certainly a few points where the two can interconnect.
But here’s what I can tell you for sure: Coaching is not therapy.
People who hold Masters degrees in counselling can be registered psychotherapists. They can’t make full diagnoses like Psychologists (the folks with PhDs) can, but they can work with people who have a diagnosis like depression, addiction, or anxiety disorder to help them cope and live better lives.
So coaches are not therapists. As you can tell by the mention of Master’s and PhD, it takes a lot of training to be able to do therapy (and legally, you can’t be a therapist without one of those two degrees).
What a coach can offer, however, are strategies to help you set goals and objectives, and offer tools so you can achieve them.
A coach can offer a realistic unbiased perspective to get you unstuck from that boring or crappy status quo you’ve been living and see possibilities where you didn’t think any existed.
A coach is an equal, innovative partner who can work with you, to see things differently, and do things differently so you can actually get different results!
A coach is a strategic thinker who can help you come up with the kinds of solutions you’ve been looking for.
What sort of coaching do I offer?
Generally speaking, I offer a safe environment where you can feel free to share what’s on your mind. If you’re looking for someone to tell you you’re crazy for wanting something that you feel is completely out there, you won’t find it here. Just the opposite; I’ll help you find a way to get it. I listen unconditionally (i.e. without judgement) and open-mindedly. I’ll help you find solutions to your challenges and help you stay on target so you can feel confident about reaching your goals.
I offer coaching services in three key areas:
I help people who are feeling unhappy or stuck in their careers find ways to make positive changes and find joy in their work again, or find and follow their passion to a career that doesn’t feel like work at all.
I help couples get out of the blahs, reconnect and rediscover the passion in their relationships.
I help people kick stress in the butt, and find their way to a happier, balanced, more meaningful life.
Want to know more?
Get in touch with me! I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have.
Curious about trying coaching but not sure if it’s for you, or if I’m the right coach for you?