Life coaches help clients accomplish goals through action-oriented, results-focused methods that can assist clients with variety of topics, including planned and unexpected transitions in life, managing life and stressors and preparing for and creating change. Our supportive and nurturing environment is built on a foundation of trust that also allows coaches and clients to come up with ideas and helps to hold clients accountable for following through. Life coaches draw upon a variety of tools and work with clients to help them identify and achieve personal goals.
Our coaches have helped clients decide whether to start a business and assisted them in the planning and the starting of their new work. Our coaches have worked with people on questions related to whether to adopt or have children. As well as having assisted clients with weight loss and other health-related goals.
Life Coaching has been shown to benefit those who need to develop goals to chart their futures and then want to actually put them into action in a supportive and accountable environment. In addition to life coaching, we also specialize in
and mental health coaching.
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What Tools Do Life Coaches Use to Help Clients?
Life coaches assist clients by using a variety of tools and techniques, including methods developed in sociology, psychology, counseling, athletic coaching, consulting, process improvement and other fields.
What Is the Difference between Life Coaching and Psychotherapy?
Life coaching is unlike psychotherapy in the sense that it does not focus on examining or diagnosing the past. Life coaching is focused on the present and the future, and tends to be action-oriented, sharply focused on change and results-driven. Psychotherapy can often be insight-oriented or similarly focused on understanding the past through a process of exploration that can last anywhere from months to years. Life coaching is not an alternative to psychotherapy but it can serve as a compliment to it, helping clients achieve goals with more hands-on support.
General Differences between Professional Counseling and Life Coaching:
- Professional counseling focuses on the past; coaching focuses on the present and future
- Professional counseling focuses on understanding and insight; coaching motivation and solutions
- Professional counseling focuses on developmental issues; coaching focuses on tangible goals
- Professional counseling focuses on emotions; coaching focuses on critical thinking and practical tools
- Professional counseling focuses on internal matters; coaching focuses on external change
What Will my Coach Work with Me On?
At Goose Creek Coaching, we carefully individualize the life coaching process for each client based on their experience, skills, desires and needs. Common areas that life coaches work with clients on are: life transitions, career change, career development, managing emotional triggers, motivation, coping skills, managing minor anxiety and depression, personal development, leadership development and a variety of other areas.
What Research Exists that Suggests that Life Coaching Could Be Beneficial?
Ground-breaking research on the efficacy of life coaching has appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed scientific journals and books by psychiatrists and psychologists who have studied the field. A paper written by a University of Sydney psychologist and published in the journal of Social Behavior and Personality concludes that their research “provided empirical evidence that a life coaching program can facilitate goal attainment, improve mental health and enhance quality of life" and that "participants' reported levels of depression, anxiety and stress were significantly reduced, with most reporting a significantly enhanced quality of life." The study went on to say that life coaching helps with the “four domains of human experience: behavior, thoughts, feelings and environment.”
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Sample Objectives and Goals: Your coach and you work together on strategies and action plans.
- Health (including mental, emotional and physical)
- Knowledge (including what you would like to learn about, or how they want to be challenged more on an intellectual basis)
- Family Relationships
- Other Relationships
- Career and/or Business
- Giving to Others (including community work, spending time assisting others in need, being there for a friend)
- Giving to Self (attending to your own needs and what's important to you)
*excerpted from: "CTAR Tools - Objectives and Goals - Quick List".