Here’s some frequently asked questions and about life coaching. I hope the answers will be useful to see if having a coach would help in your circumstances. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me. 🙂
What is life coaching?
Life coaching “is a way of effectively empowering people to find their own answers, encouraging and supporting them on the path as they continue to make important […] life-changing choices.” (1)
When to hire a life coach?
I believe life coaching will benefit you the most when you are going through some major life changes. Transitions like
- having a new baby,
- a new job or career,
- starting a small business,
- going through a midlife crisis,
- becoming an emptynester,
- retiring or
- making healthy lifestyle changes
are all exciting but also stressful times, when support from a life coach can make a huge difference.
What a life coach can do for you?
A life coach is trained to help people during their quest for a better life or simply make small improvements in areas they are unhappy with. We can help
- walk you through decision making,
- set SMART goals,
- solve problems with you, (not for you)
- you see your situation clearer,
- discover roadblock and options.
You can read more about how a life coach can help in specific life situations here.
Can a life coach help you lose weight?
She will put a big lock on the fridge and make you exercise five times a week. Just kidding. 🙂 But yes. A life coach can help you to
- stick to your diet and exercise plan,
- make choices aligned with your weight loss goals,
- support you during the plateaus when nothing happens for two-three weeks, and
- cheer for you! 🙂
You will be doing the work, no doubt. But having a personal cheerleader by your side makes it easier and more fun. 🙂
Can a life coach help with confidence?
Yes. Coaches are supportive, non-judgmental, they believe in you and help you find your strengths. They can cheer you as you take your first baby steps toward learning a new skill or profession until you feel perfectly confident and ready to fly on your own.
Can life coaching help with depression or anxiety?
No, I don’t think so. If you suspect you have these problems, probably a psychologist is what you need. Talk to your family doctor for recommendations. If you feel you need to talk to someone right now, call 911 or search these 24 hours crisis lines.
How to choose a life coach?
You can choose a life coach the same way as other helping professionals. Ask for recommendations from your doctor, friends and family members. Call and talk to a few coaches. Most life coaches offer a free initial consultation, so don’t be shy, use it. You will talk to your coach a lot, it worth to look around and find somebody you really like, has experience with your situation, and you feel like you can work with him or her comfortably.
Who is a certified life coach?
A certified life coach had to have coaching specific training, practice hours with clients and with mentor coaches, and had to take an exam. The oldest and biggest name in the game is the International Coach Federation, or ICF. Certification makes sure that coaches are up to a gold standard, have the knowledge and skills to help their clients.
How much a life coach costs?
It depends on the area where you live, whether they are certified or not, how long they’ve been practicing, etc. Around $75-150 per session in North-America. Or, if you are lucky, you can find long-term package deals.
Where to find a life coach?
If you have any more questions, you can contact me ask in person. Or get a 30 minutes free coaching session and see for yourself how it works. 🙂
Take care, and best of luck on your journey!
Life coach in training
1. H. Kimsey-House, K. Kimsey-House, Ph. Sandahl and L. Whitworth: Co-Active Coaching, 2011