Reaching a goal or overcoming a difficult challenge in your life can be tough to handle on your own. Feelings of uncertainty, doubt, and worry can get in the way of your goals and cause you to feel stuck. If you find yourself struggling to make a big decision or simply need advice from an unbiased perspective, investing in a life coach may be a good choice for you.
Differences Between a Life Coach and a Therapist
Life coaches generally focus on the present and future goals of their clients, and they provide specific advice to help them reach these goals. Therapists tend to focus on the client’s past to help them process life events or to understand the factors that may have contributed to a mental illness. Therapists ask open-ended questions and have no set schedule for how long a client should continue seeking therapy. Life coaching sessions on the other hand are more focused. Additionally, life coaches are usually involved in a client’s life for a certain amount of time. Their mission is to help their clients overcome doubt, challenge themselves, and achieve success in a specific area of their life.
When choosing between a life coach and a therapist, there are three key things to keep in mind:
What to Expect from a Life Coaching Session
During the first session with your life coach, it’s important to be open and honest about what you want to achieve and any obstacles that are standing in your way. Once your life coach fully understands your situation, they will help you look at your life objectively and develop a specific process to begin implementing change. A good life coach will be encouraging, give you positive feedback, and challenge you to do your best. They should be a friendly advisor, not an instructor or dictator!
Clients usually have 3-4 sessions per month with their coach to reflect on the changes made since last session, discuss any concerns, and plan for the next 1-2 weeks. Coaches may assign “homework” for their clients such as journaling or keeping track of any negative thoughts they may have. Sessions may last between 30-60 minutes, and life coaches can work with clients over the phone, in person, or through other means of communication.
Benefits of Hiring a Life Coach
If you’re feeling fairly confident that you can achieve your goals on your own, that’s great! Being self-motivated and disciplined both help significantly when you want to make a change in your life. But it can be even more helpful to have a positive influence on your side to offer you advice, encouragement, and a different perspective. Here are a few more of the ways a life coach can help you get the most out of your life:
If you are looking for further guidance but not sure where to begin, try reaching out to the qualified professionals at Oakville Wellness Center.