What Is a Life Coach?
The short answer is: someone who helps you focus on getting out of life what is important to you (even when you don’t know what that is yet!) and gives you the tools to keep doing this long after your final session.
Unlike counseling, Life Coaching isn’t that interested in the past, preferring instead to focus on where you want to go than where you have been.
Check out What Is Life Coaching? for more information.
Isn’t It A Bit Woo-Woo To Work With a Life Coach?
I get asked that quite often and it always makes me laugh. I am about as unwoo-woo as you can get. If you doubt that, check out a few of my blog posts.
Sure, there are Life Coaches out there that are more in touch with their woo-woo side, but Life Coaching is a lot more mainstream than people realize these days.
I am a big fan of meditation, but trust me I won’t be asking you to wear sandals, eat tofu or stroke a dolphin. Unless you want to, that is!
How many sessions will I need?
Unlike a lot of Life Coaches I don’t have long-term contracts. I love it when clients are able to see results sooner than expected and prefer to give people tools they can use to keep moving forward after they have finished working with me.
The average client usually stays with me for between 4 and 6 sessions and seldom do I work for longer than 10 sessions with any one client.
Note: That presumes sessions are 1 hour when sometimes they are only 30 minutes.
Do you ever offer Life Coaching specials?
Very occasionally I run specials, however, these are always offered in the first place to my newsletter subscribers.
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Do you work with other Life Coaches?
Yes I do, frequently, and I absolutely love coaching other Life Coaches and also helping them get established online.
I also offer specific Life Coach training at Coach The Life Coach.
Can we speak prior to commencing Life Coaching?
Definitely, it’s something that I insist on doing with every client before I start working with them.
Even when people buy Life Coaching for family and friends I will speak with the client first to make sure that it’s going to be right for them.
What happens if we finish before we use all the Life Coaching sessions?
If you get results sooner than you expect and this happens fairly regularly, you have 3 choices for your remaining sessions:
1. You can bank the session or sessions in case you need a bit of help in the future. This is what most people tend to do.
2. You can donate the sessions to someone that can’t afford Life Coaching.
3. You can receive a refund on a pro rata basis.
You can check out my refund policy here.
Do you Life Coach younger people?
I view this on a case by case basis. If I am 100% sure the person wants coaching and I am working to their agenda and not a parents or guardian, then I will consider it.
But even then, I won’t coach people under the age of 21 and if I’m being honest it’s probably not what I’m best at. 25 and up is more in line with the type of client I am looking to help.
Are there any clients you don’t work with?
There are many conditions where Life Coaching may not be appropriate or I’m not the best Life Coach for the job.
I won’t take clients suffering from schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, autism, Aspergers syndrome, anger management issues or relationship issues.
I’m also not really interested in working with people that just want help with time management and/or productivity.
Can you Life Coach people undergoing therapy?
Absolutely I can, and do so regularly, as long as the therapist in question is advised and we’re not working on the same issues or any of the ones I mentioned above.