What Is A Life Coach?

What is life coaching?

The International Coaches Federation (ICF) is the recognized, worldwide credentialing organization for coaches.

ICF answers “what is a life coach?” with this definition: “Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

Are my sessions confidential?

All sessions are treated with the utmost respect, integrity, and confidentiality. There will be no methods of record keeping.

What are your credentials?

The University of Phoenix – Dual Degrees – Bachelor Of Science Business Management And Business Administration

UC Davis Professional Coaching For Life And Work Certification

Certified Reiki Master, Udemy

Empath And Spiritual Guidance

Marshall Sylver Affiliate

What is the difference between a Life Coach and other helping professions?

Life Coaching is NOT the same as other helping professions.

  • Life Coaching is not the same as consulting. People hire consultants as content experts, to give answers and advice. People want help from a professional about a specific issue, from the coach’s specific area of expertise …consultants often tell you exactly what steps to take to get where you want to go. Professional Development Coaches and Life coaches operate under the assumption that you are the expert in your life and your situation. You can come up with your own solutions. A coach asks questions so that you get to your solutions and answers via the route that is best for you personally. She operates from a holistic perspective and often stays with you for a while on your journey toward fulfilling your dreams and goals. A consultant usually moves on after you’ve reached your goal in that specific area.
  • Life Coaching is not the same as therapy or counseling. A therapist usually operates under a medical model with dysfunctional areas of a client’s life (often calling them “patients”). She helps “fix” problems and mental health issues, like depression and neurosis. A therapist often focuses on the “why?” from their client’s past and spends a lot of time exploring problems and giving advice. Life coaches believe you are fully functional and proactively focused on solutions based on “how?” questions. Life coaches know how to help you focus on the present …. on getting from where you are today, to where you want to be!
  • Life coaching is not the same as athletic or sports coaching. They are very similar because an athletic coach helps you become your best you. She challenges you, holds you accountable and is often your cheerleader. Coaches do all that! The main difference is that sports coaching is about competition and is focused on winning and losing. Your life coach helps you bring out the best in yourself. 
  • Life Coaching is not the same as a ‘friendship’ or ‘Mentor’. If you make a good choice in coaches, she will probably feel like a really good friend, maybe even a best friend, but she is a trained professional. You can trust her to work with you on what is important to YOU. Your coach will let you vent like a friend, but she knows how and when to help you move on. She won’t worry about hurting your feelings by pointing out things you might want to be working on. Your coach won’t give you well-meaning advice, tell you what you “should” or “should not” be doing and she won’t have her own agenda, it is strictly your agenda. A mentor would be helping you by training and giving you advice as an excerpt in a particular area.