One difference between counselling and coaching is that counselling can investigate the underlying causes of mental health problems. Life coaching focuses more so on the future to encourage personal-development and self-improvement. I am not qualified to diagnose or treat any mental health-related problems, and if there is any indication of any psychological vulnerability I may suggest you see a GP or refer you to a recommended Counsellor or Psychotherapist. In this case I will cancel our sessions until they have been addressed by an appropriate professional and a full refund will be arranged.
Still, qualifications and memberships mean little if you don’t get on with your life coach. Rapport is one of the most important parts of life coaching. If you feel uncomfortable with your coach, you are unlikely to gain much from the session. It is therefore advisable to get in contact before you book a session. Never feel obliged to continue if you don’t want to – you should never feel like you are listening to a sales pitch.
Early on in the session we’ll establish what you’d like to work on and if you’re not sure, we’ll discuss what seems most relevant and important to you at that time. We will talk through it and look for opportunities to set some goals or action steps to help you achieve some “small wins” toward your overall goal, and before we conclude we will discuss how the session worked for you. Coaching is designed around measurable outcomes, so throughout the process we will talk about what’s working and what’s not to ensure a positive experience.