“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
Find out everything you want to know about Elizabeth Anne’s Life Coaching from these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Click the link to find out more or just scroll down.
- What is Life Coaching?
- What are the benefits of working with a Life Coach?
- What results can I expect with Coaching?
- What actually happens during the Coaching session?
- How is Life Coaching done?
- How often are coaching sessions?
- Can you contact your Coach between sessions?
- How long will it take to address the challenges I am facing?
- How do I prepare for Life Coaching?
- How can I fit Life Coaching into my schedule?
- How can I do Life Coaching on a budget?
- How much does Coaching cost?
- My life is fine: Why should I hire a Coach?
- I do not know where I want to go or what my goal is in life. How can Life Coaching help me?
- Doesn’t a Life Coach do what friends and family can do?
- How long will we work together?
- What will we talk about?
- How is life coaching distinct from therapy, consultation, mentoring or just chatting with a friend?
- What does the lack of regulation in the industry mean when selecting services?
- What are some types of coaching credentials?
What is Life Coaching?
The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. It is also sometimes referred to as personal coaching.
What are the benefits of working with a Life Coach?
You are the expert in what you are hoping to achieve and striving for in your life. As a coach, I am an expert in techniques to aid you in reaching the ideal you have set out for yourself. I will not tell you what to do but will listen, advocate, and ask powerful questions to expand upon the vision you hold and identify actions to take to make it a reality. Together, we will brainstorm and plan to identify possibilities and potential obstacles in the journey towards your success.
What results can I expect with Coaching?
You can expect to attain goals you have set out for yourself. You can expect surprises in your journey. You can expect to lay the foundation for the life for which you wish.
What actually happens during the Coaching session?
During our Life Coaching session, I will be fully attentive to what you say, how you say it and what you omit. I will reflect back on what I hear, so you can identify the truth in what you say. I will ask powerful questions to bring you clarity and focus. When you are ready to step into action, I will collaborate with you in reaching your goals by providing a safe and confidential environment of support and accountability.
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How is Life Coaching done?
Coaching usually takes place through scheduled sessions over the phone. Sessions can be one-on-one or group.
How often are coaching sessions?
Clients usually schedule weekly sessions for a term of 3 months or more.
Can you contact your Coach between sessions?
You can check-in any time to share breakthroughs, successes, insights, or challenges by email or phone as desired. Prior to each session, you’ll take a few minutes to fill out a session preparation form to identify challenges, opportunities, and the focus for that session.
How long will it take to address the challenges I am facing?
Initial client commitment is typically 3 – 6 months. Working with me you will be introduced to tools that you can continue to use beyond these sessions. Further terms can be taken or occasional refreshers depending on your goals. Together, we can identify all the possibilities and you can select and enact the path that is right for you.
How do I prepare for Life Coaching?
The best way to prepare for stepping out in pursuit of your dreams is to be kind to yourself. Making changes to habits that no longer serve you and shifting to patterns and activities that provide you with greater fulfillment takes energy. Provide yourself with a foundation from which to act by adopting a healthy regime incorporating nutrition, exercise, and down-time.
How can I fit Life Coaching into my schedule?
Coaching sessions usually take 45 minutes. I will work with you to identify how action items identified during coaching sessions can be adopted into your routine. You have the final say on how this is to be done. Prior to each meeting, you will complete a session preparation form. This acts as a mini-coaching session allowing us to consider the progress made and the next steps to be taken.
How can I do Life Coaching on a budget?
Payment and coaching package options are discussed during your free life design discovery session. A format to proceed can always be arranged.
How much does Coaching cost?
Professionally trained, certified coaches charge fees in line with other highly trained professionals. Fees vary from coach to coach and are based on a variety of factors. Our fee arrangement is worked out at the conclusion of a complimentary life design discovery session taking into account your current situation and goals.
My life is fine: Why should I hire a Coach?
We all constantly strive for improvement. Even if we have achieved according to social expectations there is always work to be done. If reflection on any area of your life brings a sense of unease and disappointment you can resolve this by working with me. Coaching contributes to your long term well-being. If you doubt whether this gift to yourself is an investment worth making, consider your commitments to vacation and social engagement. Coaching will provide at least as much value as these aspects of healthy living.
I do not know where I want to go or what my goal is in life. How can Life Coaching help me?
Working with me will help you to establish what it is that you really want for your future. Together we will identify your dreams and aspirations and what needs to be in your life for you to be happy and fulfilled.
Doesn’t a Life Coach do what friends and family can do?
Unlike most conversations with friends and family, sessions with a life coach are in total confidence, encourage your agenda alone, and are without judgment. I will provide tools that allow you to draw more fully on the supportive exchange with your loved ones and to further strengthen your relationship with them. If I perceive a pattern of behavior that is holding you back I will let you know.
How long will we work together?
We will work together for as long as our relationship brings you value. As your goals are reached we will reevaluate the next step that works best for you.
What will we talk about?
Topics for discussion are those that are your priority. Conversations are structured around clarifying and constructing a route to fully envision and reach your goals.
How is life coaching distinct from therapy, consultation, mentoring or just chatting with a friend?
Therapists work with people in crisis suffering from diagnosable conditions such as depression, anxiety, mania, etc. The focus is on healing the past and gaining insight by understanding “Why”. The therapist is the expert on a specific treatment protocol designed to reduce dysfunction and pathology.
Consultants are generally approached according to their expertise in the system in question to advise, solve problems and get results. They are frequently directive in what should or should not be done to meet goals.
In training programs, the goals are defined by the mentor, usually based on their own experience in the field or a path they have already taken. The focus is learning and performance rather than fulfillment and information is often general rather than specific to your unique situation.
Discussions with close friends and family on your goals for the future are typically influenced by their own agendas and perceptions they have formed of you. This increase in emotional involvement and lack of accountability for the changes you want to make can seriously impact your objectives and vision and may prevent you from generating your own solution.
Life coaches use proven formula and tools to reach the client’s goals by facilitating moving into the possibilities, stepping out of the box and taking action. Coaches listen for their client’s vision and resistance and affirm the essence of what they heard to provide clarity. They focus on the present moment and future enhancement, only glancing back to draw on past experience. Coaches rarely ask “Why”, but focus on “What”, and “How” to promote self-discovery and support client generation of their own solution. The client is viewed as creative, resourceful and whole, and an expert in their own life and what they need.
What does the lack of regulation in the industry mean when selecting services?
At this time, there is no legal requirement for coaching credentials. In other words, anyone can call themselves a coach irrespective of training or industry experience. Life coaching processes are not yet common knowledge and often confused with sports training. You should do your research as with any other purchase you make to find out what framework is being adopted for coaching. Those without life coach training may be adopting something more akin to consultation or mentoring.
What are some types of coaching credentials?
Coaches have various options for credentialing. The most recognized coaching associations are the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the International Association of Coaching (IAC). Both offer credentialing options for successive levels of coaching mastery. The ICF credentials are the Associate Certified Coach (ACC), the Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and the Master Certified Coach (MCC). The IAC credentials are the Certified Masteries Coach (CMC) and the Master Masteries Coach (MMC) Another rapidly growing credential that may form the basis for future licensure is that of Board Certified Coach (BCC) overseen by the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). Coaches with any of these credentials must abide by the code of ethics of the administrative body.
In addition to these, many schools accredited by these institutions offer their own certification. For example, the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT) administers the certified life coach (CLC) credential and the Coach Training Institute offers the Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) These credentials provide a guide as to the level of training your coach has received, but there are many fabulous coaches without any certification, so seek referrals and talk to your coach to find out more about their level of expertise.