Is life coaching the same as therapy?
No. Life coaching is a partnership with your coach in which your committed goal is to grow and develop your potential in order to live the life you want, and to share the gifts and talents which are uniquely yours. A life coach assists you in clarifying your personal goals and dreams, and helps you discover what is keeping you from reaching them. It is a guided and compassionate process that aids you in facing your fears, and healing those aspects of your personality which require healing, so you can open yourself to a new way of living and access your highest potential.
What are the benefits of working with a life coach?
The main benefit of working with a life coach is that you understand that you are never alone in this life, and that your goals and dreams are real; they are waiting for you to develop the parts of yourself which need developing, so you can step into your grandest dreams and experience them. Another major benefit of working with a life coach is that you are working with someone who is detached from your daily life and does not have a specific agenda for you, other than the one you have for yourself. Additionally, a life coach provides unconditional support, encouragement, and nonjudgment; along with compassion, understanding, and empathy.
How can I tell whether a life coach is right for me and whether we are a good fit?
Anyone can benefit from life coaching if you are open to the desire to know yourself better and to create the life you want. When determining whether a life coach is a good fit for you in an initial session, I always tell my first time clients to pay attention to how they feel when they are interacting with a coach. If you feel at ease and comfortable sharing your thoughts with them, this is an indication you have found a good fit. It is also important to feel that you are being heard and that your coach is present with you. I usually advise that if you leave an initial session with a life coach and feel better than when you walked in, then this a very good indication that you have found the coach who is right for you. If, however, you leave the initial session feeling less about yourself than you did before you walked in, then this is a very good indication that this is not the right coach for you. Trust your instincts and you will do what is right for you.
How long can I expect the coaching process to last?
It’s different for each individual because the needs of each individual are not exactly the same. The average coaching process lasts anywhere from 3 to 6 sessions. Some of my clients choose to meet once a week, some once every two weeks, and some once month; while others choose to meet with me just when an issue presents itself and they would like to shed some light on it. I have some clients who have resolved what they were seeking in one session, while there are others who have chosen to work with me for years because this is what benefits them best. The goal is always to assist you in your personal growth and development, so that you can learn that all of your answers lie within you.
How long are sessions and where are you located?
A session usually lasts one hour. I am located in the Crescent Hill area of Louisville, Kentucky, but can coach a client effectively via the phone or internet, if this is what best suits your needs. If you live locally, I prefer to meet with you in person because I feel it garners the best results.