The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as, "partnering with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential."
A full description of life coaching can be found here.
Life coaching is NOT mental health counseling/therapy. Trained and licensed mental healthcare professionals can diagnose and treat clients as well as help clients understand thoughts, moods and behaviors. Life coaches focus on the client’s personal and professional goals and follow the lead of the client to pursue these goals. Life coaches never diagnose or provide treatment. While many clients may find it helpful to have both a life coach and a counselor/therapist, life coaching is never a replacement for such therapy.
The client will choose an area of focus for the session. Your coach will ask you many questions to help you think and talk through this topic. Once enough information has been gathered, your coach will provide you with strategies and tools to help you reach the outcome you desire. Sessions will conclude with "homework" the client chooses to complete in order to reach their desired outcome.
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Clients commit to 7 sessions at the beginning of the coaching arrangement. The first two sessions are primarily focused on determining which areas of life the client chooses to focus and setting goals for these areas. The subsequent 5 sessions will explore the the chosen areas in depth and develop strategies for growth. Because growth takes time, 7 sessions are most beneficial in laying the groundwork for clients to see progress. After the 7 sessions, clients have the option to add on additional sessions.
All sessions take place via Zoom or phone.
The first two sessions can be spaced close together as these are focused on information gathering and setting goals. Subsequent sessions are approximately 2 weeks apart so the client has time to use the tools and strategies gained in the session.