Coaching is a process to help us clarify and achieve our goals. Obviously we can do this on our own, but the coach acts as a mirror and support to help us in the process. Coaching is widely recognized as an effective way to achieve forward-moving change. It’s effective because the coaching relationship is all about empowering the client to uncover and activate their natural strengths and resources.
Health and Wellness Coaching
Health and Wellness Coaching helps people achieve mental and physical health goals through increased awareness and making proactive life changes. Here are some general themes that typically emerge in the process:
- increasing mindfulness and awareness
- reawakening your natural “connectivity” with yourself, with the world, and with other people
- learning to relax with challenging sensations, thoughts, and emotions
- re-embodying your natural strengths and resources, and
- shifting your life energy more and more toward meaning and joy
How Coaching is Distinct from Other Helping Professions
Therapy: Therapy is more about healing personal difficulties and pain. Coaching on the other hand is more about uncovering and achieving desires and goals. Coaching often includes goals of getting over unhealthy habits, and the focus is on the present time and moving forward to achieve our goals. In the evolution of therapy over the past several decades, the therapeutic arts have been shifting more and more to a pro-active forward looking approach, whereas coaching is founded in this approach right from the start. The results of therapy and coaching are not necessarily exclusive, because therapy can result in helping us achieve our goals, and coaching can result in healing past and present pains.
Consulting: Consulting is a relationship where the consultant offers advice and problem solving based on their expertise in a specific area or subject matter. Coaching works on the basis that the client is resourceful, creative and whole, and the expert in their own life.
Mentoring: Mentoring is a process of education where the mentor offers assistance based on their own education and experience. Coaching may sometimes include mentoring conversations, but the overall approach of coaching is focused on the client’s strengths, and applying those to moving towards the client’s goals.