What is Life Coaching?

Why use a coach?

For many of us life can be challenging. We place enormous pressure on ourselves to have a lot, do a lot and achieve a lot and eventually lose sight of what is important to us. Coaching is a powerful process that can help us to take control of and make changes to our lives. By focussing on your emotional and physical health, it is possible to create a sense of balance, a sense of purpose and a sense of harmony in all things you do. Coaching can help you to make the changes that you have wanted to make but that have always eluded you.

What does a coach do?

A coach works with you in a collaborative, non-judgemental way to help you to achieve the things you want in your life. A coach uses advanced skills of listening, questioning and reflection to guide the conversation to create positive solutions with real commitment and ownership. The aim is to challenge the beliefs that hold you back, questions your core values and helps you to build a future, which is true to yourself. 

What will happen?

Before your first session a coach will generally ask you to give some consideration to various aspects of your life so that you are a little more prepared for the session. Each session takes you through a process, which supports you to identify specific goals in areas of your life that you have chosen to work on. These goals are realised by a commitment to specific, positive actions that will move you closer to where you want to be in your life. It is important to realise that a coach does not give you the answers or tell you what you should do, but questions and challenges you to generate thoughts and ideas, guiding you to gain more insight into yourself, which for many, can be a liberating experience. 

How often should I come?

To benefit significantly from coaching it is best to plan for a number of sessions, though there is no harm in trying one to see what it is all about. These sessions can be weekly, fortnightly or even monthly depending on the support you need to achieve your goals and are generally up to an hour long.