What’s the difference between life coaching and counseling?

Life Coaching is founded on the principle that people already know the solutions to their problems, but need help recognizing and implementing those solutions. Counseling is much more directive, and is founded on the principle of the therapeutic relationship, which teaches clients new patterns of behavior. Counseling is also for the treatment and management of mental illness. Coaching is for people who want to improve their lives, or deal with major life transitions.

What is a life coaching conversation like?

Coaches generally operate by asking questions. The client is free to talk as long as needed, and then the coach will ask questions to further clarify. These questions are designed to generate new insights and epiphanies, as well as empower the client.

A life coaching conversation is about an hour in length, and has three stages. In the first stage, the client reviews how she did with the goals set previously. The coach reviews what the client learned or gained in working through these goals, and if the goals weren’t met, the coach explores why. In the second stage, the client directs the conversation to the most pressing issue in her life. The coach listens and helps the client assess what is going on and what she can do about it. In the third stage, the client and coach work together to create SMART goals for the coming weeks. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-specific.

What kinds of things do life coaches do?

Life coaches work with all areas of life: relational, career, health, wellness, romance, intellectual development, time management, and parenting. Some coaches work within specific areas: a health and wellness coach, for example, will not generally do much work with your relationships, while a relationship coach will probably not offer specific health advice. All coaches do tend to work with the emotional aspect of a person’s life, as we seek to uncover root causes for problems and empower our clients. A general life coach will take a holistic look at your life and help you grow and develop in all areas.

What does InSpire stand for?

InSpire is built on the acronym SPIRE, which stands for Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Relational, and Emotional. As a life coach, I focus on these five areas when working with a client.

What does it mean to create a reality that works?

We all live in situations that are less than perfect. Honestly facing that reality is an important first step in becoming empowered. We often believe we are victims, or that life will be good when XYZ happens. As a life coach, I will push you past victimhood and past the future hope of change. We will deal with the truth of your life right now, and I will empower you to make changes. No longer will you silently hope that something will improve: instead you will either improve it yourself or make peace with the way things are. You will learn how to be happy with the life you have RIGHT NOW. That is how you create a reality that works.

Why do you call yourself the Voice of Reason?

I’m the voice of reason because I am the objective viewpoint you may be missing. I can see situations clearly because I am not emotionally involved in them. I help you gain that objective perspective and make decisions based on reason rather than peer pressure, perfectionism, or emotions. In addition, I often help you identify when you need to trust and follow your own intuition.

What kind of person uses a life coach?

Women who want to squeeze every last drop out of life use life coaches. Women who are searching for satisfaction, or relief from anxiety, or mindfulness, or joy. Women who think life could be better but aren’t sure how to accomplish that. Women who have big goals and need accountability to achieve those goals.

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