FAQs

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What is Wellness & Life Coaching?

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Wellness and Life Coaching is a partnership between a coach and a coachee, in which the coach works for their clients to facilitate experiential learning, to enable the client to achieve the desired outcome they seek.

The five principles of coaching are:

  • Take a holistic approach as a coachee’s life is interconnected. Wellness is an overall balance of your physical, social, environmental, occupational, spiritual and psychological well-being.
  • Your Coach recognises you are the expert on your life. No-one knows more about your life than you. Furthermore, life coaches believe every coachee is creative, resourceful and whole therefore the life coaching agenda is driven by the coachee.
  • Coaching must fit in with the coachee’s existing way of thinking and living.
  • The life coaching relationship is collaborative and relatively equal; a partnership built on mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual freedom of expression.
  • Coaching is undertaken for the period defined by the coachee's goals and regular evaluations are conducted to ensure the life coaching is meeting the coachee's needs.

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What is the difference between a Life Coach, a Counsellor and a Mentor?

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A client engages with counselling primarily during a time of crisis and the past is often explored during counselling. Life coaching is not concerned with going over your past, although it acknowledges that past experience can influence current behaviour. The primary focus is on the present and future.

Life coaching is also an equal collaborative partnership, whereas mentoring involves a relationship of a more experienced person passing on their knowledge to an individual with less experience.

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What can life coaching help me with?

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You might choose to work with a coach for many reasons, including but not limited to the following:

  • Life seems out of balance
  • A gap exists in knowledge, skills, confidence or resources
  • A lack of clarity of purpose
  • A desire to accelerate results
  • Core strengths need to be identified, along with how best to leverage them

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How do I know if the life coaching sessions are working?

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Life coaching is a very transparent and collaborative process. Clear goals will be set from the outset to align with your vision, and these goals along with the action plan that is created to help you to achieve them, will be reviewed on a regular basis. This framework, as well as the reflection the life coach will bring to sessions, will enable you to see the change in your life. Keep in mind though for change to occur you need to be open and willing to actively participate in this process.

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How many life coaching sessions will I need?

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Everyone is different therefore the number of sessions differs by a person’s needs and preferences. Factors that may impact the length of time include the:

  • types of goals
  • ways individuals prefer to work
  • frequency of coaching meetings
  • coachee’s financial resources available to support the coaching programme.

The end goal of coaching is for you to acquire the skills to coach yourself - then your coach is no longer required.

As a guide, allow at least 4 sessions.

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How much does a life coach cost?

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Working with a coach requires both a personal commitment of time and energy as well as a financial commitment. To read more about the investment with Better You Life Coaching visit the 'Your Investment' section.

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What can you expect from your life coach?

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The coach’s role is to:

  • Actively listen to gain a deep understanding of the coachee’s circumstances
  • Assist the coachee to identify their values and character strengths
  • Provide objective feedback that fosters the coachee’s self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Create an environment for the coach and coachee to explore possibilities, reveal fresh perspectives, and implement thoughtful planning and decision making
  • Challenge blind spots to highlight new opportunities and support the creation of alternative situations
  • Maintains professional boundaries in the coaching relationship, including confidentiality, and adheres to the life coaching profession's code of ethics
  • Provide support to the coachee to help keep them focussed and on track.

Life Coaching is based on the philosophy that the coachee holds the answers therefore your coach is trained to ask the right questions, at the right time, to help you get to the answers you are looking for therefore your life coach will not be telling you what to do.

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What does life coaching ask of a coachee?

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To be successful, coaching asks certain things, all of which begin with being willing and open to engaging in the coaching process. Additionally, the coachee’s role is to:

  • Creates the coaching agenda based on personal meaningful goals
  • Challenge existing attitudes, beliefs and behaviours and develop new ones that serve you in a more fulfilling way
  • Use assessment and observations to enhance self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Have the courage to take decisive action, even when it feels uncomfortable, to reach for more than before while engaging in continual self-examination
  • Embrace the responsibility of their personal decisions and actions
  • Engage in big-picture thinking, possibility thinking, fresh perspectives and problem-solving skills
  • Takes the tools, concepts, models and principles provided by the coach and engage in effective forward actions that will lead to transformational change.

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How do I choose a life coach?

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It can be difficult to decide who to work with as are many life coaches offering a range of services. Here are some tips to assist you:

  • It is important to find someone you feel comfortable working with therefore have a conversation with the life coach to see whether you feel you can have a partnership with them, as you set about achieving your goals. Better You offers an introductory conversation of this type free of charge as we understand it is important part of the coaching process.
  • Be clear about the qualities you want in your life coach and discuss these with them. Remember, life coaching is a collaborative relationship built on mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual freedom of expression therefore feel free to ask the questions that will enable you to make an informed decision.
  • Think through how long you want to commit to life coaching whether it is a one off, weeks or months. The duration of coaching programmes can differ therefore it is important to align your commitment with the duration of the coaching programme.
  • Talk with the coach about what to do if you ever feel things are not going well; make some agreements up front on how to handle questions or problems.
  • Explore the coach’s life experience, life coaching qualifications and membership of a professional coaching organisation such as the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

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What are your life coaching qualifications?

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With a background interest in personal development and developing human potential over a number of years, Claire Anderson chose to pursue a life coaching qualification graduating with a Certificate IV in Life Coaching from the Life Coaching Institute of Australia, a course that has received life coaching industry recognition and is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Coaching (ANZI Coaching).