What is a professional Life Coach?
A Professional Life Coach is a trusted mentor who can help you identify and uncover what keeps you from reaching your fullest potential. It is a one-on-one relationship that provides a supportive and non-judgmental space to help you create what you want for yourself. You can find a Life Coach to help you strategize and acquire the tools you need to achieve your goals. It consists of steps to help you identify and reframe your thoughts and attitudes. It can also help you break negative habits, acquire new methods of identification, and take action to achieve your maximum potential!
How is Life Coaching different from Therapy?
While coaching can be therapeutic, it is not therapy. Coaching is different from therapy in several ways. First, coaching is not designed to treat a medical diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or any other kind of disorder. The primary emphasis of coaching is on facilitating you in identifying what you are passionate about and what you really want or don't want in your life, and then putting a plan in place with goals and concrete steps for reaching those goals. Second, therapy is focused more on healing the past, while coaching is primarily about creating what you want in the present and in the future. Finally, therapy often zeros in on pathology and problems, while coaching pays more attention to health, potential, and strengths. If you believe you would benefit more from therapy rather than coaching, please check out my therapy website, www.vickieatontherapy.com, or I would be happy to give you the names of some therapists in your area.
What types of people have Life Coaches?
People from all walks of life work with professional Coaches to help attain their goals. Life Coaches work with people in all areas of their life including relationships, career, finance, health, spirituality, and more. Working with a personal Coach is not limited to any type of person, but it works best with those who want to take initiative in their own life. People who get a Life Coach are committed to a having a more fulfilled life and are willing to do the work needed to get there.
How will Life Coaching help?
The results will vary depending on what brings you to a Life Coach. If you get a Life Coach to help you out professionally, life coaching can help you make your current job more gratifying, gain better focus on managing your work, and market your self more effectively. If your reasons are personal, you can find a life coach to help you improve your relationships, resolve ongoing negative behaviors, improve your overall health, and grow spirituality. With life coaching you can live a more balanced and enhanced life, and make your dreams come true!
What happens in a Life Coaching Session?
Each session is tailored to your individual needs. In the beginning, we will discuss what you want to be different in your life, and we'll begin to create a plan to achieve your goals. At the end of each session we will focus on what steps you would like to take in between sessions to move you closer to your goals. We will work together to acknowledge obstacles, explore alternate perspectives and celebrate successes. We will work together as a team on whatever is most important to you. .
Do I really need a personal Coach, can't I just do it by myself?
Life coaching can take you above and beyond your own personal limitations. More often than not, people try to achieve their greatest potential, but don’t even realize what stands in their way. A personal Coach can offer an unbiased and objective perspective, and can help you realize your patterns and habits. Most people experience that they are more efficient when working with a Professional Life Coach and that this provides the opportunity for them to better realize their potential. Life coaching can make your dreams attainable and will give you support and encouragement along the way.
How long do people generally work with a Life Coach?
To experience the effectiveness of a life coaching program, I suggest you make an initial three-month commitment. At the end of the three months, together we will evaluate progress and discuss future options.