- Fed-up with your job, but don’t know what to do next?
- Keep making bad choices in your personal life?
- Nothing identifiably wrong, but still feel dissatisfied with life?
If you’re faced with any of the above problems, you may benefit from a period of life coaching.
What Is Life Coaching?
Life coaching is a service built on a collaborative partnership between coach and client to explore and develop the client’s life, choices and future potential. The role of the life coach is to provide objective insight, mentoring, feedback, suggestions and timetabling and by doing so, help his or her client take action to bring about specific change in their life.
Why Would I Pay Just to Have Someone Tell Me What To Do?
Despite some of the more lurid depictions in the media, competent life coaches are neither screaming sergeant-majors or airy gurus. Life coaching draws its practice from concrete theoretical traditions which include psychology, including cognitive development, sociology, mentoring, psychotherapy and counselling. A good life will not “tell you what to do” – rather, s/he will help you think about where you are now, where you want to be and what’s preventing you from getting there. Your coach’s role is to help you take control of your own life, not run it for you.
Life Coaching Sounds A Lot Like Counselling To Me
There are many ways in which the goals and practice of coaching and counselling, especially non-analytical counselling overlap. Indeed, many trained counsellors and psychotherapists also provide life coaching, either formally, or informally, as part of their work with individual clients. As a counselling client begins to understand and come to terms with his or her problems, s/he may need support in making positive changes in his or her life – the counsellor then becomes more of a mentor or coach.
What distinguishes coaching from counselling is its call to action. If you work with a life coach, or a counsellor in “life coach mode”, you will encounter someone who is very active in the session, someone who asks lots of questions, but also offers feedback, information and concrete suggestions.
You will be encouraged to set goals and targets. Your progression towards achieving those goals will be regularly reviewed, difficulties examined and new tasks set. Your coach will seek to help you understand how and why you do the things you do, both negative and positive and help you recognise your own triggers so as to assist you in making good decisions, even when s/he isn’t with you.
You may also find that your coach is more readily accessible than a counsellor or psychotherapist would be, with the ability to discuss problems between sessions. Formal sessions with a life coach coach tend to be less frequent than in counselling – after the initial period, you’ll probably meet with your coach every 2-4 weeks rather than weekly as in counselling.
Therapists at The Therapy Hour are also able to perform the function of life coaches, helping you identify goals that match your desires and find the motivation and the problem solving skills to achieve those goals. You’ll be assisted to cut through old patterns and habits, including that old bugbear, procrastination. Whether your area of concern is work, love, home or the general direction of your life, we can help you feel more in control your life and help you realise achievable ambitions. Contact us or complete our assessment form to begin to put your life in order.