“What you seek is seeking you.” — Rumi —
Commonly Asked Questions:
What is a Professional Life Coach?
A Professional Life Coach is a trusted mentor who can help you identify and uncover what keeps you from reaching your fullest potential. It is a one-on-one relationship that provides a supportive and non-judgmental space to help you create what you want for yourself. You can find a Life Coach to help you develop a strategy and acquire the tools you need to achieve your goals. It consists of steps to help you identify and reframe your thoughts and attitudes. It can also help you break negative habits, acquire new methods of identification, and take action to achieve your maximum potential!
How is Coaching different from Therapy?
While the life coaching can be therapeutic, it is not therapy. Coaching is distinct from traditional therapy because it is not designed to address psychological issues. While emotional issues may arise, the primary focus of life coaching is to help you identify your goals, achieve them, and develop constructive habits and skills. There is little emphasis placed on the past with coaching, but instead the focus is on creating what you want now and in the future.
Is personal life coaching confidential?
What is discussed will be held in confidence and not shared with others. However, our discussions are not privileged for legal purposes. The privilege of confidentiality that exists for the clergy, therapists and attorneys is not granted to coaching professionals. That said, life coaching is a confidential process, and your personal information will always be protected.
What types of people have Life Coaches?
People from all walks of life work with professional Coaches to help attain their goals. Life Coaches work with people in all areas of their life including relationships, career, finance, health and more. Working with a personal Coach is not limited to any type of person, but is best for those who want to take initiative in their own life. People who get a Life Coach are committed to a more fulfilled life and are willing to do the work needed to get there.
How will Life Coaching help?
The results will vary depending on what brings you to a Life Coach. If you get a Life Coach to help you out professionally, life coaching can help you make your current job more gratifying, gain better focus on managing your work, and market yourself more effectively. If your reasons are personal, you can find a life coach to help you improve your relationships, resolve ongoing negative behaviors, improve your overall health, and grow spiritually. With life coaching you can live a more balanced and enhanced life, and make your dreams come true!
What happens in a Life Coaching Session?
Each session is tailored to the client and will vary based on individual needs. In the beginning, we will discuss what you are committed to accomplishing through our work together and we will begin to create a plan to achieve your goals. Periodically, I will give you assignments to help direct your progress. We will work together to acknowledge obstacles, explore alternate perspectives and celebrate successes. With the conclusion of each session, we will revisit your goals and evaluate the next steps that are needed to achieve these results.
Do I really need a personal Coach, can’t I just do it by myself?
Life coaching can take you above and beyond your own personal limitations. More often than not, people try to achieve their greatest potential, but don’t even realize what stands in their way. A personal Coach can offer an unbiased and objective perspective, and can help you realize your patterns and habits. Most people experience that they are more efficient when working with a Professional Life Coach and that this provides the opportunity for them to better realize their potential. Life coaching can make your dreams attainable and will give you support and encouragement along the way.
How long do people generally work with a Life Coach?
To experience the effectiveness of a life coaching program, It is generally suggested that clients make an initial three-month commitment. At the end of the three months, we will evaluate progress and discuss options for continued coaching.
How Does Life Coaching work?
Life Coaching is a designed alliance between coach and client where the coaching relationship continually gives all the power back to you, the client. We believe that you know the answers to every question or challenge you may have in your life, even if those answers appear to be obscured, concealed or hidden inside. The Life Coaching Format: (this is the general format, we will structure to the client’s individual needs and preferences whenever possible):
- Complimentary Initial Coaching Consultation,
- 1-2 Scheduled session per week (in-person/ phone/Instant Messaging/Video chat) Session length depends on which coach and which program but normally last between 30 minutes to an hour,
- Unlimited Email support,
- Occasional brief check-in calls from the coach
Is Life Coaching Spiritual?
Simply put, no. Life coaching in and of itself is not spiritual unless the life coaches themselves are specifically using a spiritual basis for all of their clients. You may have been given the false impression that all life coaching involves meditation, prayer and other various spiritual practices, but unless you specifically seek these methodologies our professional staff will focus our life coaching more about your thought process using the following core coaching models:
- GROW model Your coach will work with you on creating Goals, assessing your Reality, brainstorming Options, and figuring out What you will do.
- Coactive coaching Your coach will design an alliance with you and then ask powerful questions to help you get inside new perspectives, create a plan, and commit to it.
- NLP coaching Your coach will use techniques from neuro-linguistic programming to help you shift limiting beliefs, uncover hidden patterns of thinking and create rapport, in order to bring out your full potential.
- Positive psychology coaching Your coach will draw on the work of Martin Seligman to help you create authentic happiness.
- Ontological coaching Your coach will help you identify breakdowns in your life, and change the parts it that are preventing you from fixing those breakdowns by exploring your physiology, moods, emotions and language.
Spiritual Life Coaching
There are some incredible spiritual life coaches who you can link up with if you desire a more spiritual approach to reaching your goals. The most important part here is finding the right coach whose beliefs line up with or coexist with your own spiritual beliefs. This way, finding solutions and overcoming obstacles will be much more of a rewarding and effective process. Laurie does offer her clients the option of Reiki sessions. Reiki healing is boosting energy levels throughout the body with a hands on technique. According to Reiki practitioners, energy is what gives us life. So Reiki practitioners work to bring thriving energy to the ailing parts of the body in order to ultimately restore balance. Contact Laurie for more detail if this sounds of interest to you.