Q: What is Coaching?
Answer: In a nutshell, coaching is the business of helping people reach their maximum potential in any area in their life where they may be struggling, feeling "stuck", or experiencing a sense of dissatisfaction. Coaching is a partnership between the coach and the client, where the client is supported by the coach while identifying areas of needed improvement, setting realistic and achievable goals, and overcoming obstacles which may inhibit sustainable change for the client. Coaching is the process of assisting the client to get from point A to point B.
Coaching is a valuable tool for clients who value collaboration and partnership in the process of identifying, defining, and achieving their specific life goals. However, the term "Life Coach" can come across as a very vague and general term. In truth, coaching clients stand to achieve more success when working with a coach that recognizes their own strengths and expertise, rather than working with a coach who attempts to tackle every single area of the client's life. No coach is an expert in every area, and as such clients should have a good understanding of which areas of life they would like to achieve change in when seeking a coaching relationship.
Mind and Body Wellness Coaching, LLC is dedicated to providing health and nutrition coaching services. Operating with the core belief that nutrition is the cornerstone of total mind and body health, Mind and Body Wellness Coaching, LLC seeks to serve clients who would benefit the most from achieving change in the areas of health and nutrition. That said, maintaining balance in all areas of life, including fun and recreation, intimate relationships, friends & family, career, physical environment, personal growth, and finances are all important aspects of health, as well. In addition to health and nutrition coaching, Mind and Body Wellness Coaching, LLC remains open to assisting clients who wish to explore some of these other areas during the course of the coaching relationship at the client's request.
Q: How Does The Coaching Process Work?
Answer: The coaching process begins with an initial phone consultation. During the initial consultation, the coach and the client will review and discuss the client's individual health and weight loss needs. At this point the client may decide whether he/she would like to move forward in the coaching process. Once the client has committed to the coaching process the client and the coach will begin working together toward defining the client's goals and progressing the client toward meeting those goals using actionable steps. This identification and defining process will begin with the coach asking the client to complete an assessment packet in order to begin identifying the area(s) of need and/or potential barriers to success. Periodically, throughout the coaching process, the coach may ask the client to complete more questionnaires and assessments to gauge how well the coaching process is working toward the client's needs. Ultimately it is the client who determines the tone and the pace of the coaching process. It is the role of the coach to provide support to the client through encouragement, information, education, and accountability.
Q: How Does Coaching Differ From Therapy or Counseling?
Answer: Coaching differs from therapy in that coaching is a supportive partnership in which the coach and the client work together toward the client's goals. In the the coaching relationship the client is the expert in his or her life, and the role of the coach is to assist the client in discovering and clarifying the client's goals, encourage the client in self-discovery, elicit client-generated solutions and strategies, and hold the client accountable. Coaching is focused on self-initiated personal growth through goal-setting and actionable strategies which are aimed at favorable outcomes for the client's future.
In contrast, therapy often deals with healing the client's past and present pain, dysfunction, and conflict, as well as improving the client's overall emotional and psychological functioning. In many therapeutic models the therapist is the expert, who's job is to direct the client toward a specific beneficial outcome determined by the therapist. Though there are specific therapeutic models which employ a client-centered approach, these still differ greatly from client-centered coaching models. In therapy it is the therapist who is the "expert", and state licensure is often a requirement.
Q: Is Coaching Right For Me?
Answer: Coaching is for individuals who have a fairly clear idea of the outcome which they desire. Coaching is a collaborative partnership aimed at developing strategies for the client to reach his or her's desired outcome. Therefore, coaching is a good fit for individuals who value collaboration, different view points, and new perspectives in working toward their goals.
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