WHAT IS LIFE COACHING ALL ABOUT?  (FAQs)

What exactly is a life coach?

A life coach helps you make improvements in your life, overcome difficult changes and helps you to achieve your goals.  A life coach acts as a mentor, supporter, motivator, encourager, friend and as someone who can provide you with expert practical ideas, knowledge and experience on how to make the changes and improvements you desire.

What can life coaching do for you?

Clients often start working with me because they feel stuck and they’re unhappy with life but they don’t know what direction to take.  I also have clients who are happy with most life areas but would like to work on achieving improvements in just a few.  As your coach I will help you achieve your goals and make improvements in any area of your life.  I will also help you work through and resolve any blockages that are holding you back.   I provide you with down to earth solutions, knowledge and guidance based on the work I’ve done with over a thousand clients over the last 15 years.  You are always in the driving seat but I’m there with you providing you with practical expertise to achieve what you want as well as motivation, support and encouragement.

I’m just feeling generally unhappy with my life and I’m not sure what I’d like to change.  Will life coaching help me? 

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one!  Many of my clients were in the same position when they first came to see me.  Rest assured we’ll work it out together.  I’ll ask you questions and will go through exercises and with you to figure out exactly which areas of your life you’d like to change and what outcomes you want at the end of our coaching sessions.   Clients tell me they look forward to their sessions as they are informative, fun and interesting and they always come away with positive insights and knowledge on what to do next to achieve their goals.   If you want to see testimonials about how I’ve helped others, click here.

Why you?  What do you know?

For a start, I’m a qualified and experienced life coach with qualifications in Life Coaching from The LIfe Coaching Institute of Australia.  LCIA is  recognised by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).  On top of that I have helped numerous clients achieve their desired changes and improvements over the last 15 years – they have learnt a lot from me and I’ve also learnt a lot from them.  In addition I have 16 qualifications related to professional life coaching, positive psychology and positive parenting.  My qualifications include accreditations in Positive Psychology (from the University of East London), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,  Rational Emotive Therapy, Work Coaching, Executive Coaching, Triple P and Circle of Security,  just to name some of them.

I have also had quite a few experiences in my life which included large and small changes, from bad to good and everything in between.  So I have plenty of personal experience and knowledge on change and how to deal with it successfully.  Taking that one step further, I’m also an experienced Organisational Change Manager and have many years of experience preparing people for change in the corporate world.

I’m an excellent listener, encouraging and very interested in others.  I love helping people and making them feel better and I’m passionate about making sure that my skills are up to date with the latest techniques and tools.  I attend a variety of conferences and belong to relevant professional associations to ensure I’m updated with the latest information and knowledge that benefit my clients. 

Are you a one-stop shop or do you only specialise in one particular area?

I’m a one-stop shop.  The reason I’ve done so much training and have completed so many qualifications on top of my life coaching qualifications (and am always doing more) is so that I can help you with any area in your life.  A coaching relationship works best when there is a high level of trust and once this is established it is not nice nor useful for you to have to go and see someone else just because your life coach doesn’t have the knowledge and skills to help you in a particular area.  It is also a lot more cost-effective for you as you don’t have to shell out more dollars to see additional professionals.

However I do know my limits.  If I feel you’ll be better helped by someone else I will let you know that and will recommend the appropriate professional for you.  This is a very rare occurrence and has only happened twice in my coaching career.  At the end of the day your best interest and positive outcomes are most important to me.

What is the life coaching process?

In your first session we will go through the different life areas to figure out exactly where you’d like to make improvements and what your desired outcomes are.  Sometimes clients don’t know in the beginning of working with me what they want and that’s perfectly okay.  Rest assured that will become clear as we work together.   I will ask you questions about your background, past changes, what’s worked for you in the past and what hasn’t, your current situation etc. so that I get a good picture of the best place to start.  Based on this I will create a recommended coaching plan tailored to your needs.  Then we will create your vision, goals, put together a goal action plan and work out strategies to overcome any blockages you may have.  This will involve exercises and tools to increase your awareness and skills as well as practical solutions and actions to achieve the results you want.

I will also recommend appropriate books for you to read (or listen to) and will also ask you to complete the action plan you take away with you from every session.  It’s important to do this as it will help you make the changes you want to in the fastest possible time, and it will help with your Return on Investment (ROI), and will keep your costs down.  Don’t worry, I won’t overload you as we’re all busy people.

Is life coaching regulated?

You may wonder why I have so many qualifications related to Life Coaching.  The fact is that at this stage life coaching is unregulated in Australia, meaning anyone can be a coach and there is no monitoring body to ensure they follow any rules or protocols.  Whilst there are many really good life coaches, unfortunately there are also some who don’t have the skills to provide their clients with the best possible outcomes.  As I’m passionate about providing my clients with expert advice and the best outcomes,  I’m committed to keeping up to date with the latest knowledge and techniques to help them.  I also really enjoy learning so it’s a win-win situation!  

How many sessions will it take?

It depends entirely on the amount of changes, improvements and goals you’d like to achieve, your skills and knowledge, and any blockages that have stopped you from achieving the life you desire so far.  Although you will start feeling better and will make improvements pretty much from the first session,  the best and lasting results will usually require 10 session or more.   I will be able to give you a better idea when you book in for your free consultation so I can find out more about the outcomes you’re looking for.

What happens if situations/crises pop up in my life, can we discuss them or do we only follow my coaching plan?

No, I’m here to help you with anything that you’d like my guidance and knowledge on, I’m a complete support for you.  In fact it’s important that anything is resolved as it crops up otherwise it may hold you back from achieving your goals.  We will definitely follow the plan that we have agreed on when you first come and see me.  You’re in the driving seat so you decide what we discuss and work on in your coaching sessions.  I am there with you and provide guidance, knowledge, tools, motivation, and encouragement.

What about privacy?  How can I be sure that you won’t tell others what I tell you?

Confidentiality and privacy is vital to maintain trust in the coach/coachee relationship.  I respect the privacy of my clients and what we discuss in our sessions will remain completely confidential between us at all times.  I am naturally a highly confidential person and am very mindful about respecting others’ privacy.  I am also bound by my professional ethics and code of conduct.   This protects your story, identity and any other information related to you.  I take minimal notes as I’m very interested in you so find it easy to remember what people tell me but any notes that I do have are securely stored.

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