- What is a life coach?
- How does life coaching work?
- How is life coaching different from therapy or counselling?
- Who can have a life coach?
- What happens in a coaching session?
- Where does coaching take place?
- How long are coaching sessions?
- How much does it cost?
- What are the benefits of coaching?
What is a life coach?
A life coach is someone who helps you get clarity about the direction of your life.
Unlike counselling or therapy, a life coach is interested in where you are and where you want to be.
If you want to maximise your potential and raise your standards above mediocrity, then a life coach is for you.
A certified life coach is someone qualified to challenge, motivate, encourage and support you in achieving your goals.
They will help you discover your inner values and beliefs to motivate action in moving you towards your purpose.
With a life coach you will discover your strengths and hidden abilities to fast-track your goals and ultimately live a happier life.
Learn more about having a life coach to help you on your journey of self-discovery.
How does life coaching work?
Life coaching works because it focuses on exactly what you want to achieve and helps you get there faster.
Using the tools and techniques life coaching teaches you will help you become more outcome and focus driven in your goal achievement.
A life coach is able to keep you focused, and on track by identifying available options that you may not have considered.
How is life coaching different from therapy or counselling?
Although both coaches and counsellors offer a support system to help you gain strength and clarity to move forward.
Coaching deals with where you are now and where you want to be.
Counsellors are often interested in helping you deal with past trauma.
However, there are forms of therapy such as (CBT) cognitive behavioural therapy that doesn’t focus too much on the past.
Life coaching is action orientated while counsellors are more coping orientated.
Life coaches help you set goals and milestones, counselling helps you recognise and solve your problems in life.
A coach is focused on your potential while a counsellor helps you be at peace with yourself and your life.
Certified life coaches are trained to help clients get ‘unstuck’ and move forward in life. Counsellors are trained in human development and mental health conditions.
Coaching is not covered by medical insurance while therapy and counselling may be covered by medical / health insurance etc.
Who can have a life coach?
The simple answer is all types of people can use a life coach at some time in their life.
However, there are some common characteristics of people who have a life coach; a deep desire for change, a need for direction and focus in achieving their dreams.
Research has shown that people who have a life coach remain more focused and gain quicker results with the support and guidance of a coach.
What happens in a coaching session?
Each of the sessions is built upon the previous coaching session ensuring a clear and definite path to the outcomes decided upon.
During each session, we’ll review the actions and achievements from the last session as well as look at general progress made.
We’ll look at your present position in relation to your goal as well as any obstacles that may need overcoming.
Exploring what actions and behaviours worked and what didn’t, will be important for formulating new action steps.
Lastly, we will want to look at what actions you want to set for yourself for the next session’s goal.
Where does coaching take place?
Much of my coaching takes place online over Skype as I coach people from around the world.
Locally, online coaching has been one of the most effective and convenient ways for individuals to take time out from their busy schedules.
For people living in the Free State area, I offer face-to-face coaching in a quiet room where there are no distractions allowing you to focus on the session conversation.
How long are coaching sessions?
Both NLP and life coaching sessions are approximately 45 to 60 minutes.
Coaching sessions can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly, whatever you feel comfortable with.
I do however, recommend fortnightly for the New Insights life coaching programme.
This allows for any actions steps to be completed easily before the next session.
How much does it cost?
Most people I see believe that coaching is self-investment.
Coaching costs can vary depending on what is required by the client and the type of coaching offered.
The cost of having a life coach is a very small price to pay for the life-changing experience you’ll have.
What are the benefits of life coaching?
First and foremost, all coaching is self-investment.
Having a coach is having someone who has your best interests at heart.
A life coach will guide you in a non-judgmental, supportive, and encouraging way.
Coaches help keep you focused on where you want to be, as well as motivate you in moving forward.
Having a life coaching will help you uncover hidden beliefs that can sabotage your growth and success.
Read more about the benefits of having a life coach.