Dear Coach,

What is a life coach? How is it different than a therapist, and how do I know which one is for me?


Dear JK,

Those are excellent questions! My feeling is that most everyone will benefit from sessions with a Certified Life Coach. Notice that I say, “Certified.” Did you know that anyone can call themselves a coach? If you don’t see the word “certified” in the description, then they have not gone through an extensive training program that is governed by the International Coaching Federation. Coaching involves very specific training as well as very specific ways to conduct a session.

Coaching is a high energy, very positive method to make significant changes in your life. There is NO judgment involved in coaching. It is about your goals, and where you want to go. It is your agenda, not the coach’s.

Coaches don’t see anyone who is suicidal or homicidal. Coaches won’t see clients who have significant trauma or mental health issues. At the same time, coaches frequently work with clients who are under the care of a psychiatrist or therapist. To make sure if coaching is right for you, most coaches offer a complimentary consultation. Click here to read more:  schneidercoachinggroup.com/so-what-is-life-coaching-anyway

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