What is Life Coaching?
Life Coaching is a new and rapidly growing profession that differs significantly from mentoring, counselling and therapy. Life Coaching takes a refreshingly positive view of the client’s life. It examines what is going on in the present and helps the client discover what it is that might be preventing them from taking the course of action that would make them realise their ambitions or dreams.
Life Coaching is non-directive in nature believing that the client has the answers and solutions within. Drawing on a combination of skills and techniques from psychologically based disciplines, the role of the life coach is to empower the client to find these solutions and to help structure their thinking around goals and actions. Life coaching can benefit everyone and takes a holistic approach to deliver lasting changes for the client in all aspects of their life including work, health and relationships.
Coaching has been defined as ‘the systematic application of behavioural science to the enhancement of life experience, work performance and well being for individuals, groups or organisations.’ (Grant 2000)
Some areas that can benefit from Life Coaching:
- Time management
- Stress management
- Career planning and development
- Work-life balance
- Entrepreneurial and small business development
- Personal development
- General health and lifestyle
- Family relationships and parenting
- Personal relationships