Life Coaching And Counselling FAQs
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There are always a lot of questions when it comes to Life Coaching and Counselling. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we have received. There are obviously a lot more questions, so feel free to get in touch with us and ask away.
Sessions take place in the comfort of your own home, at your workplace or we run clinic appointments in private consultation rooms in March, Cambridgeshire.
Life Coaching or Counselling?
Unlike many providers, our qualified life coaches also hold counselling qualifications, so are able to cover either or both services with clients. Most clients benefit from the Life Coaching route. As the coaches and price is the same for counselling and life coaching; we advise that you start the process and at the first session you and the coach can discuss which approach is best for you.
What is a life coach?
A life coach is a trained professional who aims to help and guide individuals to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals. They support clients on a journey to rediscover their own strength and abilities: this can include excelling in the workplace, becoming happy and fulfilled at home, exploring your potential, managing health conditions such as ADHD and achieving life ambitions.
By harnessing techniques based on core psychological principles and intuition, life coaches empower clients and provide a toolkit of teachings to confidently face difficult challenges and overcome emotional barriers. A life coach won’t tell you what to do (chances are you already know the answer!) but what they will do is provide an objective and empowering environment, rather than instruction or indoctrination.
At the heart of it all lies the idea that clients must be given the power to help themselves. Offering advice, opinions and judgements would undermine some of the basic principles behind life coaching.
What happens during a life coaching session?
Life coaching sessions are scheduled for what we call a "Golden Hour". So 50 minutes of focused time leaving 5 mins before and after for admin etc. After initial assessment sessions can be conducted, face to face, over the phone or through Telehealth our secure online video call platform.
During the session, your life coach will ask you a number of questions, such as what you want to achieve in life, what areas you're unhappy with and where you'd like to see yourself in the future. Although a life coach will work with you, it’s often up to you to challenge or reflect upon certain ideas you have to help you move forward with your life. You will never be forced to make any decisions you don't feel comfortable with and all sessions will be confidential, allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings privately in a safe space.
Life coaching is often seen as a partnership between you and your life coach, who will gently encourage you to explore how to make positive changes in your life based on your aspirations. A life coach should also offer support and feedback to help you to stay focused on your goals and will occasionally set you tasks and objectives to work on outside of sessions.
Are there different types of coaching?
There are many coaching styles used to address different situations and to direct a coaching session. Depending on the client’s goals and how they wish to achieve these, a life coach will assess each individual and determine a coaching style from there.
How is life coaching different from counselling?
Life coaching focuses more so on the client in the here and now and conducts sessions with the future as the central point to encourage personal development and self-improvement. Counselling is a form of talking therapy associated with again assessing the individual in the here and now but working to determine past events that have contributed to their client’s current struggles. A counsellor will develop coping mechanisms and strategies for the client to move forward with their life. The main difference between counselling and life coaching is that counselling can investigate the underlying causes of mental health problems.
What’s the difference between a life coach and a business coach?
The term ‘life coach’ encompasses a range of areas. Within these areas, a coach may choose to hone in on a specific topic such as health or spiritual coaching.
Business coaches have expertise in the business world and therefore choose to coach individuals looking to excel in business. This could include entrepreneurs, company owners, CEOs or even employees.
What can a coach help me with?
Life coaches utilise techniques to help their clients in all aspects of life. If you've ever struggled with something - whether it be sticking to a diet, learning a language, moving out of your comfort zone, improving your confidence or self-esteem, then consulting a life coach could help you.
A life coach will approach things pragmatically. Through questions and exercises, he or she will try to get an idea of how you perceive the world. From this, they will be able to identify the most effective route to your goal. Some people feel intimidated by the idea of change and so need to take things slowly to fulfil their goals. In this situation, a life coach might divide ultimate goals into smaller bite-sized pieces. Other people may get impatient and lose interest. In this situation, a life coach might suggest introducing stronger reminders and incentives to keep them on track.
However you approach life, your life coach will be able to tailor your sessions to fit. Subjects life coaches deal with include:
Relationships - Do you wish you had the confidence to approach someone you like romantically? Do you struggle with commitment? Are you struggling to cope with a divorce? A life coach could help you to understand your love-life and work towards improving it.
Business life - Starting and running a business is tough work. Sometimes we get so absorbed in hard work we neglect ourselves. Life coaches can help build confidence, develop leadership skills, enhance decision-making and asses your work/life balance.
Personal life - Do you feel like you're not making the most of life? There's so much to see, do and learn in this world, but often a lack of confidence, time and will-power can cause us to stay inside our comfort zones, doing nothing. Life coaches use specialist skills to motivate their clients to do the things they want to do, see and achieve, so they can finally fight the urge to procrastinate.
Performance - Improvement is at the heart of life coaching. Whatever your skill, life coaching could help improve it. Whether you're an athlete, an artist, a writer, a performer, or a musician - adopting specialist techniques will help you to push your limitations and exceed expectations.
How many life coaching sessions will I need?
You can have as many or as few life coaching sessions as you like. Because many life coaches operate over the phone or via the Internet, the sessions can easily fit around your schedule. Some people hire a life coach once every few months, some people have a session once a week. Often, it is entirely up to you to decide.
Do life coaches need to have qualifications?
Life coaching is currently an unregulated profession in the UK meaning there are allot of unqualified people out there. At Gregory Fisher our team hold both Life Coaching and Counselling qualifications and conform to the codes of ethics and conducts of the professional bodes for both life coaching and counselling.
Rapport is one of the most important parts of life coaching. If you feel uncomfortable with your professional, you are unlikely to gain much from the session. It’s advisable to get in contact before you book a session to meet your coach so you can gauge how comfortable you are in their presence. Never feel obliged to continue if you don't want to
Can I have coaching online or by telephone?
Lots of coaches offer online and telephone coaching for individuals who are unable to meet them face to face or find these services easier and more convenient. Online and telephone coaching can be offered in addition to one-on-one meetings or as the primary method of coaching.
What is a Personal Life Coach?
A Personal Life Coach is someone who is qualified to support, encourage, challenge and motivate you to achieve your goals. A coach is a good active listener that can pick up from your voice what you are really thinking and will facilitate you to take actions to move yourself towards your goals. They will celebrate your successes, help you discover how to overcome obstacles, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and enable you to move forward at a far greater pace than you could achieve on your own, with the ultimate aim of you achieving your goals and discovering a much happier life.
How is Personal Life Coaching different from Career Coaching?
The tools and techniques of the coach are exactly the same for Life Coaching as they are for Career Coaching. The main difference is that with Life Coaching you will be focusing on any part of your life or many areas which you want to improve, whereas with Career Coaching (as the name suggests) it focuses directly on your career. In practise, our careers have a major impact on most areas of our lives - choosing a Personal Life Coach who has a specialism in Career Coaching has a major advantage for those looking at any goals.
How does Personal Life Coaching work?
Life and Career Coaching works because it focuses you on exactly what you want to achieve and gets you there faster. We go through life constantly busy ‘doing things’, but very rarely do we stop and consider our future, and where we want to be. By using a Life Coach you are able to do just that, with the aid of a coach who is 100% dedicated to you and your future. They will listen, encourage, support and motivate you. The Life Coach is able to keep you focussed and, through their experience and expertise, you will be able to identify options available to you, that you may not have ever considered.
What sorts of people have a Personal Life Coach?
From out experience every type of individual will come to me for coaching. The only traits these people have in common is the desire to change part of their life so they are happier, and the realisation that they will stay focused and get there quicker with the support of a coach.
What happens during a coaching session?
During each session we will recap on the actions set and achieved from the last session and look at general progress and successes. We will then set a ‘session goal’ to clearly set out what you want to achieve by the end of the day’s session. We then explore where you are at the moment with that particular goal; what you have tried; what has worked and any obstacles you have come across along the way. We then explore all the possible options in achieving that goal, using lots of techniques to really extract options that you have never thought of before. Lastly and most importantly we look at what actions you want to set yourself from the list of options to achieve that session’s goal.
How many Life or Career Coaching sessions will I need?
This depends on what you want to achieve with your coaching. Most people come to a Personal Coach with a life changing goal in mind. In order to achieve this we look at smaller goals, that need to be achieved each session, to move you closer to your overall goal. For some people this may take as little as 6 sessions and for others it will be more. It is a very personal decision based on your individual goal.
Where does the coaching take place?
Face to face Life Coaching and counselling can take place in your home, at your workplace or anywhere. You just need a quiet room with no distractions where you can totally focus on the conversation. Some of our clients like to do sessions outdoors in the warm weather. If you are struggling to find a place, let us know we do have some meeting room options in the March area, there may be a small surcharge of £5 for this.
Session can also take place over the phone, or via video call using our secure TeleHealth platform.
Aren’t Life Coaches Expensive?
Coaching costs about the same amount of money as seeing any health professional. Session prices are as low as £35 for a one hour session face to face. This really is a very small price to pay for the life changing experience that you desire. Phone and Telehealth video sessions are slightly cheaper.
What will I have to do?
To get the best from the session you need have a positive attitude towards the achievement of your goal. You need to be totally open, trusting and honest within the coaching relationship. You need to have the time and commitment to complete the actions that you will set yourself at the end of each session. These actions are what will move you closer to your overall goal. Ultimately your level of commitment will directly influence the speed and extent to which your goals will be realised. To help you with all of this, the coach provides boundless motivation, support and encouragement within a confidential and non-judgemental environment.
What are the benefits of Personal Life Coaching?
The benefits of Life Coaching are having someone that is solely dedicated to you and the achievement of your goals. They are non-judgemental, supportive, encouraging and motivating just when you need it. They keep you focussed on where you want to be and moving forward in the right direction. They will enable you to get to where you want to be in life, much faster than you could on your own.
How is Personal Life Coaching different from counselling?
Coaching and counselling are similar in the sense that both counsellors and coaches ask the client questions, sometimes requiring a lot of soul-searching. Neither a counsellor nor a coach will give advice but they will listen to what you say and direct the conversation with further pertinent questions. However, whereas the typical counselling session will be dealing with emotions and issues in the past affecting the present, the coaching relationship is focussed on the future and deals with optimising the opportunities in your life for you to ultimately achieve greater happiness.
What kind of problems can counselling help me with?
Counselling can help with a wide range of concerns including; Abuse, Addiction, Anger, Anxiety and stress, Bereavement and loss, Carer responsibilities, Depression, Divorce, Eating disorders, Health issues, Major life changes, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), Phobias and fears, Redundancy and work issues, Relationship difficulties, Sexuality, Trauma, Violence, Worry.
What is CBT?
Some counsellors will incorporate CBT as part of other therapies, but it only suits some personalities and some situations. We do use CBT techniques in our counselling and life coaching sessions. CBT can be extremely useful. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy involves learning skills for overcoming behaviours, habits or reactions that are “making things worse”. This could be learning ways to overcome panic attacks or stress, for avoiding the triggers for overeating or even from entering into unsuitable relationships.
However, used on its own it is usually unhelpful for bereavement, loss or a recent trauma. It would for instance not be used for someone coming to terms with a bereavement, but it may become helpful at a later time.
What is an assessment appointment?
The first session is an assessment session which lasts for around an hour. During this time, you will be asked certain questions about you and your life. This information helps to make an initial assessment of your circumstance and the type of counselling best suited to your needs.
Will the counsellor give me advice?
Your counsellor is not there to give you advice, tell you what to do or judge you in any way. The aim of counselling is to help you come to your own decision(s), only you know how you feel in any given situation. The counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you to form a plan of action.
What does a counsellor do?
Listening carefully is the largest part of what all counsellors do. They make sure clients have clarified the problem areas in their own terms and help them decide what steps they want to take next. Counsellors will always let the work proceed at the client’s pace.
Can I have counselling even though I’m not really ill?
You do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one before choosing to have therapy. Please contact us to see how counselling can help if you are currently struggling to overcome a particular issue in your life, and you feel that counselling could possibly benefit you right now.
What if I definitely want a male or female?
At this time we only have male members of our team.
What can I talk about?
Before attending your first session, it may be helpful to prepare by writing down your reasons for seeking help to make describing your feelings more comfortable. You can talk about anything that is on your mind, however large or small you think your problem is. You might find yourself saying things you had not expected to say. We will always help you explore your circumstances.
What’s the difference between talking to a friend and talking to a counsellor?
Sometimes talking to a friend can be helpful and counsellors often encourage clients to use their family and friends. However there are some disadvantages to using friends as your only confidants and support. Friends and family could feel a conflict of loyalty and find it hard to keep things confidential. They may become upset themselves by what you are telling them and could become upset if you don’t accept their advice.
Can you help my employees?
We are able to offer counselling and life coaching to your employees. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
How and when do I pay?
We prefer you to pay via credit/debit card via our booking system, but you can if you wish, pay by cash or via a BACs transfer. All monies are non-refundable unless we cancel the session.
What if I need to cancel a session?
A minimum of 24 hours notice of cancellation is required for all sessions, so we can reallocate your session. Notice of less than 24 hours will incur full payment of the session fee. To cancel please either use the online tool, email or text us.
What if I’m running late?
If the client is late for a session the session will not be extended and will end at the appointed time. If the coach is late, additional time will be added to the session or your next session.