There are similarities and differences between life coaching and therapy. If you are thinking of which you would like to go for, or perhaps you are confused about the two but think it might be beneficial to both talk with someone about your conflicts, then read on.
What is a Life Coach?
A Life Coach is a professional who supports their clients with accomplishing their wellness, professional, and or personal goals to live happier, more fulfilling lives.
Coaching vs. Therapy
Both therapists and coaches focus on wellness and want to help their clients lead a healthier happier life. Coaching is not therapy. Therapists treat mental illness and focus on healing, while coaches focus on productivity and achieving tangible goals. Both therapists and coaches are professionals; they aren't friends who can be inconsistent but hold their clients accountable for achieving their objectives. A Life Coach can be but does not have to be certified while becoming a therapist requires a college degree and training. Both can help clients target and address behaviors that lead to patterns that create destructive habits.
Factors to consider when choosing a coach or therapist:
If you are suffering from past traumas and need support healing or mental illness. You're having difficulty coping with a life event or experience that leads to your quality of life deteriorating. You may be feeling overwhelmed, resentment, anger, anxious, hopeless. You can begin with seeking support from a therapist.
If you want to accomplish your life dreams but need help to get out of your comfort zone and start building towards it, coaching will help you get fast results.
It can be helpful to see both a therapist and coach simultaneously as you work on different areas of your life.
Why hire a Life Coach?
Benefits of working with a Life Coach
- Ask the right questions
- Saves you time
- Gain clarity
- Set goals and create an action plan
- Hold you accountable
- Create systems and structures to help build better habits and be productive
- Developing effective habits for work and leisure time
- Improving self-esteem and self-confidence
- Staying motivated in the face of failure
- Building self-awareness and intelligence
The Process of Working with a Life Coach
There are several ways in which the Life Coach may work with you. Attending sessions either face-to-face, by phone, video, or by email correspondence. There is one-to-one coaching or group coaching or a hybrid of both. You can also choose to accompany you on a journey of discovery through life coaching assignments such as a course or book list. When you select an independent avenue, you may get what you intend to achieve, but it may take a bit longer. If you are trying to get faster results, it would be best to work with a Life-Coach.
The process of working with a life coach in 3 easy steps:
1) Assessment: Together, assess where you are and what kind of change(s) would be most beneficial.
2) Goal Setting: Together, set goals; discuss whether these goals are realistic; Set up a system for monitoring progress toward the goals; There is homework. Coaching isn't about sharing your frustration then leaving it at the session; it's doing the work.
3) Accountability: Meet regularly (usually weekly) to discuss progress toward goals; brainstorm about obstacles; revise or revise the plan again; consistency is key.
When to hire a life coach?
Want to fix something wrong with life: You want to improve a specific area in your life, whether it's as small as developing a new habit or a career change.
Have an idea and don't know what to do with it: You have a great idea and need help to clarify what steps to take next.
Feeling stuck: Feeling stuck but unsure as to why. Not sure what you want for yourself and need a safe space to explore possibilities for your life. Need help understanding your purpose and what you truly want for your life.
Ready to make a change: You may be bored with the happenings of your present life. You may have everything you need or have worked toward but still feel unfulfilled. You know what you want to do with your life and need help developing a plan.
Tired of a repetitive cycle: You start but don't finish. You may find yourself dealing with the same scenarios, but not sure how you continue to end up in this same cycle and are finally ready to find an exit.
Types of Life Coaches
- Personal Development
- Wellness Coach
- Relationship Coach
- Health Coach
- Financial coach
- Spirituality Coach
- Leadership Coach
- Career Coach
- Business Coach
There are other subcategories for coaching types under these broader coaching niches. If you can think of it, it probably exists.
I am a certified personal development and self-love coach that falls under the wellness category. Along with the elements listed above, I also help clients develop a healthier mindset, build self-esteem, evaluate belief systems and wellness habits, and become fully present. Most importantly, I assist clients with fostering a better relationship with themselves. If you go more in=depth and begin to understand the whole self, this can lead to long-term success rather than a temporary fix.
I've Been where you are:
After my mother passed away in March 2011, I found myself on a journey of self-discovery. It took years of trial and error until I finally found a life of fulfillment.
I am a life-long learner:
I enjoy reading and learning about the latest news in my field of expertise. I am a part of a few book clubs that support both personal leisure and professional development. This is not something that I have to do, but I am passionate about learning.
I am a trained professional:
For the past 15 years, I have worked in the education field. As an educator, I have developed solid skills in critical thinking, patience, communication, organization, leadership, collaboration, time management, technological skills, and conflict resolution.
I earned my 2nd master's in Leadership and Administration, which included an intense 500-hour internship program where I mentored, collaborated on events and committees at the College of Saint Rose. I hold advanced certifications for both School-Building and District-level leadership.
I also completed the New Skills Academy Life Coaching program in December of 2020.
I am a mentor:
I continue to work with and mentor young women in low-income communities pro bono.
I have helped other clients reach success:
Throughout my career, I've hosted challenges, online workshops, and events to support the growth and empowerment of women through education.
Book a consultation call with me today to determine whether I am the right fit for your journey of self-love.