All about life coaching
How can coaching help me? / Does coaching work? / Finding the best coach for you
The world is constantly changing and the desire to change, achieve goals and improve oneself is a common aspiration. Just like an athlete uses a coach to achieve superior performance, a life coach can help you make change and achieve your goals. Life Coaching, which can also sometimes be referred to as executive coaching, personal coaching or business coaching, combines aspects of counselling, training, mentoring and consulting into one discipline to most effectively facilitate change.
Select Counsellors can help you find a coach who is the best fit for you
Click on the links below to find out more about coaching:
It can be helpful to read the experiences of others who have used a life coach:
What happens in a typical coaching program?
Coaching sessions generally last for one hour and can either be face-to-face or over the phone. The number of sessions you will have in a program will depend on the goals you want to achieve, but generally 10-12 sessions.
Most people look into life coaching because there have some level of dissatisfaction with an aspect of their life or they want to make some change. Some coaches will send you a form to complete before your first meeting for you to list your goals or what you would like to achieve. If you don’t know exactly what you want to do or change, that is ok, coaching can help you clarify this.
The first coaching session usually involves clarifying what you want to achieve or your goals. If you aren’t quite sure, don’t worry, this is common! Coaching will help you define your goals by exploring the things you are not happy with in your life and also the things you value.
Once your goals are clearly defined, subsequent coaching sessions work through a process to work towards achieving your goals. The coach facilitates the explorations of your needs, motivations, desires, skills and thought processes to assist a person to make real and lasting change. Part of this process means that the coach will challenge you and your thinking, which at times may be uncomfortable for you. This is all part of the process of change. If you are looking for a life coach Select Counsellors can help you find a coach who is the best fit for you
How can a coach help me?
If you want to change something, but don’t know exactly what it is or the steps to go through to make this change happen, then this is where a coach can help. Some of the areas where coaching can help are:
Career change, including retirement or a new role
Struggling with work-life balance
Want to get fit, but can’t make the time
Have lots of ideas and projects but are struggling to make them happen
Is the coach an expert in my problem?
This is a common myth of life coaching – that coaches need to be experts in the area you want to develop. However, this is not true. Although a coach should be able to understand the presenting issue or goal, they do not need to understand every aspect of the issue. What the coach brings to the relationship is an in depth understanding of human behaviour and behavioural change.
Why do I need a coach?
You may wonder if you need a coach or whether you can simply work on your goals alone. Research does suggest that those who use a coach are almost three times more likely to achieve their goals. Another way to consider using a coach is that it is similar to a professional athlete using a coach to enhance their performance. The athlete may perform ok on their own, but they are more likely to excel with the help of their coach. Life coaching can provide you with the same benefits for achieving your goals.
Does coaching work?
The research to date suggests that coaching is an effective process. Some of the specific findings include:
Those who participated in coaching were found to set more specific goals and produce more solutions towards attaining their goals
Coaching has been found to increase goal attainment and wellbeing
Coaching has increased measurable sales performance and self-rating of performance
Coaching has been found to result in the change being sustained when measured 18 months later
Companies who provided coaching to their executives were less likely to receive customer complaints and were more likely to retain executives who had been coached
What do I look for in a coach?
Professional Training. Coaching is a new area and the certification of coaches is relatively limited. Look for someone who has completed a course through a reputable university or educational institution or whose qualification has been recognised by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Many coaches are also psychologists or have completed university studies in psychology. Psychology training, in particular psychologist registration, provides a strong foundation for coaching. If all the coach has is a NLP course, you would be better finding someone with more qualifications
Amount of experience. Some coaches are members of the ICF and use the ICF titles. So a Master certified coach would have more experience than an Associate certified coach. However, not all coaches are part of the ICF and not all specifically detail the amount of coaching experience they have. So ask. Ask the coach how many hours of coaching they have completed.
What kind of experience. Although as mentioned above, the coach doesn’t need to be an expert in your area of development, it is also important to find someone who has experience in the area you want to develop. Generally a coach who knows and understands your world will be able to coach you more effectively than someone with little practical experience in that area.
Walk the talk and do as they coach. Look for a coach that practices what they coach and ‘walk the talk’.
Provide a free initial session. This can be useful so you can see if you and your coach are a good fit in terms personality and other criteria.
Did you realise research has shown that the relationship between you and your life coach is one of the most important elements for a successful outcome? How do you know if the coach you find will be the best fit for you?
Select Counsellors provides a unique client coach matching service to ensure you see the right coach for you, first time. We have a pool of highly trained Sydney based coaches, counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists and will match you with the right practitioner based on important information collected in a personalised assessment about you and your needs. At Select Counsellors our key priority is Finding you the One. To book an assessment click here or call on 1300 123 680 to speak in person with a Select Counsellor.
Click on the links below to find out more information on coaching:
The Helpful Guide