Life Coaching & Life Coaching Intensives

Life coaching is a personal and collaborative connection where the team works to find answers from within the client. Life coaching is an exciting connection of egalitarian peers where the client is seen as the expert of themselves. The life coach helps the client discover their mission, purpose, goals, dreams, wants, and hopes. The focus is on maximizing emotional health today and achieving peak performance in the future while fostering encouragement, motivation, and success. There is structure in a treatment plan, homework, accountability, and focused growth. Life Coaching is not performed under any counseling licensure.

LIFE COACHING INTENSIVE:

Day long sessions can be scheduled for those who need to receive the same amount of work in a shorter period of time. The first Saturday of the month has been reserved for Life Coaching Intensive. The hours will be 8-5 with a one-hour lunch. The cost is $960.

To compare life coaching to other services:

Traditional Therapy

(Old style)

Psychoanalytical

Paradigm of pathology

Orientation

Process

Feelings

Inner world

History

Why?

Therapist is expert

Client is patient

Medical Model

Transitional Models

(Grey areas)

solution-focused, brief

paradigm of solutions

 

 

 

 

Language is primary

Tool

Move away from pathology

Coaching

(a new option)

Whole Life coaching

Paradigm of possibility

Orientation

Outcome

Action

Inner to outer world

Vision of future

How?

Coach as cocreator

Freedom from

managed care

Counseling Vs Life Coaching

1. Past vs future

2. Fix vs create

3. Professional vs collegial

4. Limited vs open

Therapy vs. Coaching and Other Professions

Therapy
Deals most with
a person’s past and
trauma, and seeks
healing

Mentoring
Deals most with
succession training
and seeks to help
someone do what
you do

Consulting
Deals most with
problems and seeks
to provide information
(expertise, strategy,
structures, methods)
to solve them.

Coaching
Deals most with
a person’s present
and seeks to guide
him/her into a more
future

Doctor-patient
relationship
(therapist has the
answers)

Older/wiser
younger/less-exp.
relationship
(mentor has answers)

Expert-person
with problem
relationship
(consultant has
answers)

Cocreator-equal
partnership (Coach
helps client
discover her/his own
answers)

Assumes emotions
are a symptom of
something wrong

Older/wiser
younger/less-exp.
relationship
(mentor has answers)

Expert-person
with problem
relationship
(consultant has
answers)

Cocreator-equal
partnership (Coach
helps client
discover her/his own
answers)

Assumes emotions
are a symptom of
something wrong

Is limited to
emotional response
of the mentoring
parameters
(succession, etc.)

Does not normally
address or deal
with emotions
(informational only)

Assumes emotions
are natural and
normalized them

The therapist
diagnosis, then
provides profess-
sional expertise
and guidelines to
give you a path
to healing

The mentor allows
you to observe
his/her behavior
and expertise,
answers questions,
provides guidance
and wisdom for the

The consultant
tands back, eval-
uates a situation,
then tells you the
problem and how works with you to
to fix it.

The coach stands
with you, and helps
you identify the
challenges, then
works with you to
Turn challenges into
victories and hold
you accountable to
much your desired goals

Therapy vs Coaching

Therapy

Coaching

Relieve pain, symptoms

Restore functioning, 

History, past

Why?

Patient wants to move away from pain

Focus

Attain specific goals, desires

Create personal fulfillment

Vision, future

How?

Client wants to move toward attractive goals

Medical/clinical model
Diagnosable illness
Paradigm of pathology

Context

Educational/developmental model
Desirable goal/life transitions/personal growth
Paradigm of possibility

Clinician is expert, client is patient

Relationship

Coach as co-creator; a partnership of equals

Orientation is a process; feelings
and inner world

Orientation

Orientation is outcome, action:
inner to outer world

Therapist is responsible for process;
direction; outcome

Responsibility

 

Coach is responsible for process;
Participant for results

Limited (if any) personal disclosure
Forwards the work through healing,
reparenting, emotions, catharsis

Style

 

Personal disclosure okay as an aid to learning
Forwards the work through action, talents,
strength, behaviors, insights into actions.

If you believe that life coaching is for you, please contact us.

References:

Williams, P, Davis, D, (2007). Therapist Life Coach: An introduction for counselors and other helping professionals, Revised & Expanded. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.