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Life Coaching is not strictly a therapy. It tends to be less therapeutic and more of an intervention focussed on helping the client identify and achieve specific career and life goals. Though a collaborative effort between client and coach, a life coach focuses on direction and method to achieve goals and imparting skills and knowledge along the way. However, more often than not, for most clients the issues that prevent them from achieving goals or moving on in their lives fall outside the ‘skill set’ or training of an ordinary life coach and it is therefore better to have a life coach that is also qualified as a Counsellor or Psychotherapist.

Life Coaching
Since Life Coaching is a more solution focussed approach to the needs of a client; it may be useful for those individuals that have a specific short term gaol that they have need of help in achieving. However, during Life Coaching it may become apparent that there are deeper issues that prevent the fulfilment of dreams and wishes. Therefore it is important that your Life Coach is also a Therapist so that these issues and obstacles may be worked upon. During life coaching the client will:

  • Clearly define an issue or goal in a specific clear cut way with vagaries or confusion.
  • Determine exactly what is wanted from life.
  • Examine past attempts and blocks to success.
  • Overcome beliefs and thought processes that block success.
  • Highlight strengths and weaknesses.
  • Learn what drives the them
  • Set specific inspiring, realistic, measurable, and achievable goals. (Or if you lived through the 90s SMART : Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely)
  • Work towards goals in a focussed way.

Though there is no guarantee of achieving any particular goal, the use of an experienced coach or Therapist will significantly increase the probability of success.


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