What is Life Coaching?

July 16, 2016

By-Mohamed ElFatatry

Dear Reader, Client & Client to be, 

 

Welcome to my website & blog page. I'm really glad that I've been able to finish setting-up

the website with no delays. Thanks to all those who contributed and supported me during the last few months. Here I am writing my 1st post.

 

I promise that there will be interesting topics to share with you on this page. AS many of you are aware I'm not into posting too much but whenever there's a valuable thought or any inspiring topic I will definitely share with you.

 

In today's post I'd like to address a topic that is quite basic yet very important and highly crucial especially if you're considering getting into the world of coaching. Something that you should know very well and understand, so that you can set the right expectations for this coaching experience. This will help you avoid disappointments and you won't end up wasting your time and money.

 

Today's topic is about defining Life Coaching by answering 2 questions. "What is Life Coaching?" and "What does a Life Coach do?" 

 

Let's start with "What is Coaching?"

Coaching is a one-to-one process for helping others to improve, grow and to get to a higher level of performance, by providing focused, constructive feedback, encouragement and raising awareness. Where the Coach uses a set of questioning techniques and tools to help the client get deep into the root cause of their problems and address the issues openly without judgement or criticism.

The coach will also work with the client to develop the strategies that can address the issue/situation, they together break-down those strategies into achievable and measurable short-term smaller goals. The client then start executing those actions and the coach role continues to support by monitoring the progress while being open to apply any necessary changes the client may need.

 

Coaching is a strategy and intervention which can develop individuals not only executives and future leaders. Many organisations invest in internal and external coaches as an effective developmental process for their employees.

 

The coaching partnership is central to the coaching intervention and needs to be guided by respect and a Code of Practice. Both the Coach and the client have to sign a client coaching agreement that clarifies the guidelines of the coaching relationships.

 

"A very common mistake people tend to fall in sometimes is to get confused between coaching, therapy and  consulting. So let's look into the difference between the three." 

 

Coaching vs. Therapy

Coaching has its theoretical roots in the discipline of psychology. Although coaching is not therapy, many coaches trained in psychology may adopt or borrow from various therapy models to use in workplace coaching. The purpose of therapy has been highlighted as a means to explore resistance and negative transference, whereas coaching aims to rephrase complaints into goals. Coaches are more inclined to encourage proactive behaviors to move the person forward out of their feelings and into action.

 

Coaching vs. Counselling

There is a different dynamic in the working relationship between a counselor or psychiatrist/psychotherapist and their patient than between a Life Coach and their client.  The latter is much more a shared partnership with the coach being seen as a friend, partner, mentor, confidante etc.

Counseling will often look to the past to deal with issues. This can be time consuming, occasionally stressful for the client and by no means always necessary.

Life Coaching is more concerned with the future as it is solution and goal driven with the desire to help move the client as quickly as possible to where they want to be.

Counseling is not a quick fix and can last many months, even years.

Life Coaching can be a quick fix especially when working with fears and phobias, although they normally require the coach to have a working understanding of NLP and/or Hypnotherapy.

 

So What are the benefits of coaching?

I believe that everybody can benefit from coaching. I think a good evidence is that many of the successful people around the world do hire coaches, Everyone want to take advantage from that 1% improvement they can make in their lives. Researches have mapped extensive benefits of coaching for both organisations and individuals. The following list describes those benefits to individuals most frequently identified:

  • Increased self esteem

  • Reduced stress

  • Clarity and focus

  • Behavior change

  • Increased emotional intelligence

  • Work life balance

  • Career development

  • Improved leadership skills

  • Increased motivation

I hope the picture is clearer now that you understand what coaching is, what is the role of the coach & the core differences between coaching, therapy and counseling. 

 

Please feel free to share your questions, reflections or comments. You can also contact me on http://www.melfatatrylifecoach.com/contact and If you enjoyed this post, I’d be grateful if you’d help it spread by sharing it. 

 

 

Thank you :)

Mohamed ElFatatry

 

 

 

 

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