What is Life Coaching?
by Diane Linsley
I wrote this article to help people understand the difference
between life coaching and therapy. If you are considering coaching
with me, please read this article first.
My Background as a Life Coach
I'm a certified life coach. I did a one-year training program in the Quantum Success Coaching Academy, which mostly focused on Law of Attraction processes. I know these processes work because I use them on myself all the time.
I'm an intuitive empath with a natural ability to understand people. Even though I've only been a certified life coach since 2015, I've been coaching people informally for most of my life. People are naturally drawn to me because of my empathic abilities and my wide range of knowledge and practical experience in many areas of life. I also coach other coaches who are interested in learning the specific modalities that I use in my practice.
Life Coaching Versus Therapy
Some people think that life coaching is just cheap psychotherapy. In reality, life coaching is a totally different thing. I want people to understand the difference so they can get the help they need.
Life coaches cannot diagnose or treat any of the mental health conditions listed in the DSM, including clinical depression, personality disorders or mental diseases. Life coaches do not have the same training as therapists, and the goals of coaching are different from the aims of therapy. The biggest block to success for many people is being stuck in the story of past trauma. I have great compassion for the suffering of other people, since I've been through so much myself. But life coaching is not designed to treat trauma.
I have articles on this website that talk about overcoming past trauma and working through the grieving process. These articles include links to other resources, as well as practical advice for things that you can do on your own. If your problems are serious, please seek help from a licensed therapist.
In my experience, it's not what a person has been through that determines their future. It's their willingness to take responsibility for their life and make changes. Some of my best clients have been through the worst things. What makes them good clients is that they focus on healing themselves and looking forward instead of blaming others and staying stuck in the past.
What to Expect From Coaching
My job as a life coach is to teach you processes that you can practice on your own. Processes are tools that help us organize our thoughts so that we can see patterns and correct our thinking. People who suffer from depression are often unable to think clearly or focus on goals. If this describes you, then life coaching is not the right thing for you at this time.
Life coaching involves a lot of work. I do not have any magic pills or quick fixes. Life coaching is about setting goals and working to achieve them. The word "coach" is important. In athletics, the coach teaches technique and positive mindset to the athlete, but the athlete has to do the work.
At the end of each coaching session, I assign homework. In my experience, only clients who do the homework show significant progress.
In coaching sessions, we talk about values, beliefs and goals. I may introduce you to new maps for understanding yourself, such as personality type, Enneagram type, learning pattern, subpersonalities, and levels of cognitive development. We may talk about your spiritual practice or what you do for personal growth. We may do dream analysis or energy work. We will definitely talk about your goals. These are the things that make my job exciting! I think that life coaching is a lot of fun. Enjoy the many articles, books, guided meditations, and other resources listed on this website. If you are ready to move forward with your life in a new and exciting way with coaching, I look forward to talking with you :)
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