Life Coaching FAQs
What do life coaches do?
A life coach is a wellness professional who helps people make progress in their lives (personal and/or professional) so that you can achieve greater fulfillment. A life coach helps you to identify your strengths and to create strength-based strategies to help you reach your goals.
Do I need a life coach?
Do you have big dreams and goals? Do you need some support and accountability around your goals? Are you feeling stuck in an area of your life? A life coach is qualified to encourage, challenge and motivate you to achieve your goals. As your life coach, my job is to help you manage the space between where you are and where you want to be.
What is a coaching session like?
A typical private session is one hour long. Your life coach actively listens and picks up cues to help you get to the core of your challenge. They will celebrate your successes, help you discover how to overcome obstacles, and empower you. You do most of the talking in a coaching session. I believe all clients have the answers within, but may need a someone to tease your brilliance out. I offer potential clients a free 30-minute discovery call. If, after that, we both feel a coaching relationship is a good fit, we move forward from there.
How much does life coaching cost?
The cost of life coaching varies widely from coach to coach, depending on experience, area of expertise, and education My base sessions (1-hour ) are $150. However, like many coaches, I offer group programs, packages (buy more, save more $), courses, and varying levels of support. A free 30-minute discovery call helps us identify your goals and find a package that will work for your budget and your goals.
What's the difference between a life coach and a therapist?
Life coaching is not therapy. In therapy, clients works with a liscensed health care professional who diagnoses and helps them resolve mental health challenges. In therapy, clients often focus on past traumas, maladaptive patterns, and work through painful feelings. Life coaching is focused on moving forward from where you are right now. Life coaching focuses on the space between where you are now and your personal goals. Life coaching and therapy can be complementary. I believe everyone should be in therapy at some point in their life! If, during the course of our work together, I believe your challenges would be better served by a therapist, I can help you find one.
How does someone become a life coach?
People become life coaches for many reasons. As an English professor, I was already coaching many of my students. I wanted to be able to help them beyond the confines of the classroom, so I enrolled in an International Coach Federation (ICF)-accredited life coach training. program in 2019. I completed that program with 60 training hours and over 100 coaching hours in 2020 and I am currently enrolled in a coaching leadership program which will prepare me for my PCC (professional certified coach) credential. I am a member of the International Coach Federation, which is the gold standard in my profession. As such, I must adhere to a code of ethics that protect your privacy, safety and wellbeing, and record keeping. This code of ethics also requires me to maintain a professional-only relationship with clients as well as to take action if I believe a client is a danger to themselves or others.