Life Coaching Sessions
Life coaching sessions take place weekly, by phone or internet. The client identifies an area to focus on, and the coach listens, reflects, asks questions, and engages with the client to consider a variety of perspectives.
As new paths open, we work together to design practice areas for the client to take on during the week, and this is where the real work happens for the client. Examples of these practice areas include designing activities to get outside the comfort zone, building awareness, setting intentions, reading, journaling, implementing ways to achieve balance in life, etc.
Coaching vs. Therapy
Coaching is based in the present and looks toward the future. As coaches we see clients as whole people, not needing to be fixed or healed, with ample resources to succeed in life beyond what their current experience is providing. Humans have untold depths of power and potential, and life coaching unlocks those treasure chests and provides access to fulfillment and joy.
As coaches we act as a mirror for the client, reflecting that which we see through a process of questioning and dialogue. As the coaching continues, clients gain a sense of what has been holding them back from achieving their dreams, and they gain new perspective and insight into how to move forward. Coaches work with clients to develop the muscle to identify strategies and follow through.
Finding the Right Coach
The coach-client relationship is an ongoing partnership designed to provide the client with access to fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Interview several coaches as to their approach to coaching, their qualifications and background, and their coaching structure to find one who fits you.
You may want to find out if they are a member of the ICF (International Coach Federation), “…the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches.” Also check if they are a graduate of and/or certified by an ICF-accredited training program.