FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Life Coaching?
Life coaching is a collaborative relationship between you and your coach. The coaching relationship helps you to clarify and articulate your goals and to create an action plan for reaching them. The interaction between you and your coach is a powerful force moving you forward toward your goal.
Through coaching you can focus on developing new skills, improving your performance in a personal or professional area of your life or even improving your interpersonal relationships. Perhaps you are one of many seeking deeper fulfillment and more meaning in their life.
You may come to life coaching with a solid idea of what you want to accomplish or with a desire to explore many areas of your life.
An effective life coach will create a safe and judgment-free place where you can freely explore possibilities. The coach creates this environment for change through purposeful questioning, helping you to shift your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. This environment allows you to see possibilities where you may not have seen them before or given them the kind of focus and attention they deserve.
The History of Life Coaching
There is a shortage of literature on the history of life coaching.
Anthony Grant's research goes back to 1958 where there were psychological consultations given in hopes of improving executive's performance.
Some writers discuss the connection between organizational consulting and coaching. Sometime around the 1980s organizations looked to hire people to help their executives improve their performance.
Coaching seemed to take off in the 1990's causing the emergence of some organizations to develop standards for the coaching profession. Today there are coaching institutes, publications on coaching and professional coaching organizations.
Currently there is no unified international coaching model.
Is Life Coaching Regulated?
The answer is no. Coaches are not required to have a license to coach. Social workers and psychologist are required to have a license. There is no
governmental organization regulating coaching.
What should I consider while choosing a personal coach?
Background: You want to consider the coach's educational background. What field did they work in before they became a coach? Do they have any specific training in the specialty you are looking for? Do they have any training in coaching?
Authenticity: All coaches offer a complimentary coaching session or a free consultation and you should take advantage of these sessions when looking for a coach. Try out a few coaches before making your decision. A professional life coach will not try to pressure you into signing up with them. If someone tries to pressure you hang up the phone and go on to the next coach.
After a complimentary session ask yourself if you felt a connection with the coach. Were you comfortable? Did you connect with the coachâ€™s energy? Finding a life coach is a little like finding a therapist. It is important to feel comfortable with the coach since you will be sharing personal feelings and information.
Cost: Coaching fees vary. There are many coaches who work on a sliding scale and this will show in their profile. When searching for a coach you can sort by price so feel free to use that functionality in your search.
How often do I meet with my coach?
Many coaches offer a monthly package you pay for at the beginning of the month. This package may include three to four sessions between thirty and sixty minutes in length (in person or over the phone), email contact, and maybe some spot coaching (5 to 10 minutes) over the phone between sessions (as needed). Once you become interested in a coach you can find out about their package.
What is Positive Psychology?
It is the study of human flourishing. Here is an excerpt from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_psychology
Positive psychology is a recent branch of psychology whose purpose was summed up in 2000 by Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: "We believe that a psychology of positive human functioning will arise that achieves a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving in individuals, families, and communities." Positive psychologists seek "to find and nurture genius and talent", and "to make normal life more fulfilling".
See the Positive Psychology link at the University of Pennsylvania:
What is Appreciative Inquiry?
Below is an excerpt from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appreciative_inquiry
Appreciative Inquiry is a particular way of asking questions and envisioning the future that fosters positive relationships and builds on the basic goodness in a person, a situation, or an organization. In so doing, it enhances a system's capacity for collaboration and change. Appreciative Inquiry utilizes a cycle of 4 processes focusing on:
DISCOVER: The identification of organizational processes that work well.
DREAM: The envisioning of processes that would work well in the future.
DESIGN: Planning and prioritizing processes that would work well.
DESTINY (or DELIVER): The implementation (execution) of the proposed design.
See the link to Case Western Reserve and find out all about Appreciative Inquiry:
What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?
The below excerpt is from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuro-linguistic_programming
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
The co-founders, Richard Bandler and linguist John Grinder, claimed it would be instrumental in "finding ways to help people have better, fuller and richer lives". They coined the title to denote their belief in a connection between neurological processes ('neuro'), language ('linguistic') and behavioral patterns that have been learned through experience ('programming') and that can be organized to achieve specific goals in life.
International Coach Federation Certification (ICF) This organization started in the 1990's and created a coaching certification process. The ICF develops and implements programs that assist in the professional development of its members. In addition to the professional development opportunities of an annual conference, the ICF provides professional growth opportunities through its local chapters throughout the world. Continual support is available through the ICF website, ICF Online Community, and publications. The ICF offers three credentials: ACC, PCC, and MCC.
Center for Credentialing and Education
Is an independent credentialing agency. The Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) created the Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential as a means to independently verify that applicants have met professional coaching competency standards established by CCE and subject matter experts. These standards reflect the common knowledge, skills and abilities of a professional coach.
The BCC is a mark of quality. It demonstrates to the public that a professional coach has:
Met educational and training requirements
Passed a psychometrically sound coach specific examination
Obtained experience in the field of coaching
Professional peer references
Accountability of an enforceable ethics code
Commitment to continuing education
The achievement of the Board Certified Coach credential solidifies the professional identity of the coach.
Association for Coaching Established in 2002, an independent, not-for-profit body, with the aim to advance coaching worldwide - both on a local and global scale. This involves promoting best practices and raising the awareness and standards of coaching.
Coaching, an International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice Published semi-annually in collaboration with the Association for Coaching.
Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney
The Coaching Psychology Unit seeks to enhance the performance, productivity and quality of life of individuals, organizations and the broader community through excellence in education, research and the practice of coaching psychology.
Coaching Psychology involves the application of the research, theory and practice of the behavioral science of psychology to the enhancement of life experience, work performance and personal growth of normal (i.e., non-clinical) populations.
Where are our coaches located?
Our personal life coaches and business coaches are located around the world including New York City (NYC), New Jersey (NJ), Westchester (NY), Connecticut (CT), California (CA), Boston (BOS), Las Vegas (LAS), Florida (FL), Pennsylvania (PA), Los Angeles (LA), Wisconsin (WI), Chicago (CHI), Canada, London, Australia.