Life Coaching

Coaching can provide empowerment and support in a wide variety of ways. Whether we are seeking a change, or simply want to proceed in our lives with more focus and vigor, a good coach can make all the difference. Life coaching is a practice with the aim of helping clients determine and achieve personal goals. Life coaches use multiple methods that will help clients with the process of setting and reaching goals. Coaching is not targeted at psychological illness, and coaches are not therapists nor consultants. Life coaching has roots in executive coaching, which itself drew on techniques developed in management consulting and leadership training. Life coaching also draws inspiration from disciplines including sociology, psychology, positive adult development, career counseling, mentoring, and other types of counseling. The coach may apply mentoring, values assessment, behavior modification, behavior modeling, goal-setting, and other techniques in helping their clients. Government bodies have not found it necessary to provide a regulatory standard for life coaching nor does any state body govern the education or training standard for the life coaching industry, the title of "coach" can be used by any service provider. Multiple coaching schools and training programs are available, allowing for many options (and sometimes causing confusion) when an individual decides to gain "certification" or a "credential" as they apply to the coaching industry. Multiple certificates and credential designations are available within the industry. There are five self-appointed accreditation bodies for life coaching: the International Coaching Council (ICC), the International Coach Federation (ICF), the International Association of Coaching (IAC), the Certified Coaches Federation (CCF) and the European Coaching Institute (ECI)International Guild of Coaches (IGC). No independent supervisory board evaluates these programs, and they are all privately owned. These bodies all accredit various coaching schools as well as individual coaches, except the IAC which only accredits individuals. Some assert that life coaching is akin to psychotherapy without restrictions, oversight, or regulation. The State legislatures of Colorado after holding a hearing on such concerns, disagreed ,[2] asserting that coaching is unlike therapy because it does not focus on examining nor diagnosing the past. Instead coaching focuses on effecting change in a client's current and future behavior. Additionally, life coaching does not delve into diagnosing mental dysfunctions. According to a survey of coaching clients, "sounding board" and "motivator" were the top roles selected for a coach. Clients are looking for a coach "to really listen to them and give honest feedback." The top three issues clients seek help on are time management, career, and business. [3]

Recent Life Coaching Articles

By Jaya Savannah
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By Loretta Mohl
... came from the death of my husband. I believed we would be together forever. But Rick’s life was haunted by a past of abuse and separation. To beat his pain he battled with alcohol and ...

By Karen Carnabucci, MSS, LCSW, TEP
... a result." This is where you add your business link. I might also do a second search for "Racine coaching" and do the same. Put your name and the name of your business in Google "alerts" -- link ...

By Tori Hartman
... you are is a brave thing to do. Coming out of the closet with YOUR truth is key to everything in life. It doesn’t matter if you are gay, psychic, black, Latino, or any minority or group off ...

By Tori Hartman
... wonder what you can do to make the wave come or if there will ever be another wave in your lifetime or if…” He waved for me to stop, laughing, and then shrugged as he wiped down  ...

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