Life coaching aims to help and empower you to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals - including excelling in the workplace, becoming happy and fulfilled in the home and finally achieving their ambitions.
By harnessing specialist techniques based on core psychological principals and natural intuition, life coaching will provide you with the tools to confidently face difficult situations, push past emotional barriers and eventually view life with fresh, hopeful and enlightened eyes.
Just as sports’ coaching enables athletes to hone themselves into the fastest, strongest, most tactical competitors in their disciplines, life coaching helps people from all professional and personal backgrounds improve their strengths and build upon their weaknesses to make the most of their lives.
Subjectivity: we all have different perspectives of the world - no one perspective is 'right' or 'wrong', but some perspectives are restrictive and can stop a person becoming who they want to be.
Empowerment: it is within everyone's capability to adjust the limits of their own perspective. With the help of life coaching, anyone can learn to open their mind if they wish.
Guidance: there is a difference between an instructor and a guide. An instructor shows a person exactly what to do, whereas a guide provides the tools and support a person needs to do something for themselves. A life coach is a guide, not an instructor.
What happens during a life coaching session?
Life coaching sessions will typically be for a specific duration, often between 45 minutes and 60 minutes. Sessions can be conducted over the phone, face to face, over email, via Skype and occasionally through instant messaging.
During the session, I will ask you about 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 I will be working 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 where you will gently be encouraged you to explore how to make positive changes in your life. I will offer support and feedback to help you to stay focused on your goals.
How can I tell if a life coach is any good?
Life coaching is currently an unregulated profession in the UK, meaning anyone can essentially design a business card and call themselves a life coach. Because of this, it can pay to do your research very carefully. I am registered with the Association for Coaches and listed in the Life Coaching directory, where you will only find life coaches who have provided evidence of membership with a recognised professional body and have relevant qualifications and insurance cover.
Still, qualifications and memberships mean little if you don't
get on with your life coach. Rapport is one of the most important parts of life coaching. If you feel uncomfortable you are unlikely to gain much from the session. It is therefore advisable to get in
contact before you book a session. Never feel obliged to continue if you don't want to - you should never feel like you are listening to a sales pitch.