Life coaching: for some this might be a familiar term, for others… maybe not so much. In the field of mental health care and coaching there are so many terms with such distinct differences, that it is easy to get confused. So before committing to any type of help or guidance, it is crucial to start off with a short orientation on what exactly is out there.
Maybe first tease your brain a little: think back of any type of coaching you have had in the past. Within sports maybe? Or within a professional or student environment? A coach is this one special person that supports you to achieve the best within yourself. Sometimes because of a professional background, sometimes more from a personal experience: a coach is someone that aims to develop the skills that you might not even realise you already have, focused on a specific goal that you want to achieve. Where a mentor often jumps in to give support in general, a coach focuses with you on a certain dream or achievement.
To continue, every one can think of certain goals or dreams that you’d want to reach. Professionally you might search for guidance with a business coach, within the sports field you’d reach out to a sports coach or trainer, when it comes to music you could get support from a music teacher. But what about all those other goals, the ones that actually have something to do with your personal life? With self-empowerment in general? With recognising your qualities and reaching those personal goals? This is exactly where life coaches fill the gap.
Life coaching is a specific field of coaching where the aim is to help identify and achieve personal goals, through general development of mindset, attitude, and skills that eventually lead to self-empowerment.
The beauty of life coaches is the diversity of the field: your coach might for example have a background in psychology or mental health counselling, or support you through personal experience from either personal life or through years of coaching experience. When choosing a life coach, it is important to feel secure about not only their method of coaching, but also with their background. Because this largely influences what you will be gaining from the sessions.
Sessions with a life coach should not be seen as actual psychological therapy, but could for sure give you certain strengths and coping strategies that do help when dealing with certain difficulties or mental health issues. Health is just as much mental health as it is physical health, so with all this attention for living a healthy life style: why not include more focus on your mental balance?