What is Life Coaching?
An extraordinary focused method of personal development
There’s just you and I as your coach. During our sessions you get my full and undivided attention.
A supportive relationship of equals
The foundation of the coaching partnership is that it is one of equals. I do not talk down to you or impose my own views on you. I am an expert at coaching. You are an expert on yourself and your own life. In order for coaching to work properly this equality must be understood at the beginning and reinforced throughout the coaching relationship, which is my promise to you.
A relationship of accountability
Being equal also means that responsibility is also equally divided. My main responsibility is to bring out the best in you. For you, the main responsibility is to take charge of your own life and to do whatever has been agreed between you and me as your coach. You are held accountable for your own results. As your coach I am detached from your results in order to keep my own objectivity and professionalism.
A way of making changes, internally and externally
The initial impulse for hiring a coach is to make changes. These may not necessarily be external – they may be changes in attitude, in thinking, in assumptions. Life coaching, by definition, addresses the whole of life. Nothing is “of limits” unless you decide it should be so and even then a word of caution – if you put a barrier around certain subjects you will not get the full value from the coaching sessions or succeed in making the kind of changes you wants to make.
A body of knowledge relating to the development of human potential
“Coaching has now evolved into an integrated success technology. It’s more than a couple of principles and techniques. It’s a well-woven fabric of hundreds of specialized skills, principles, concepts, practices and nuggets of wisdom”. – Thomas J Leonard in his book ‘The Portable Coach’. Being passionate about the areas in which I specialize I am constantly researching and tapping into new developments in these fields to provide you with the necessary tools to embrace your own Life Unlimited!
Relationship Coaching is coaching that helps people find greater fulfillment in their personal relationships. I can help you set relationship goals, understand your current partnership, thrive inside your marriage, grieve a lost loved-one, or take your long-term romance to the next level.
It is not necessary to work with both partners in a relationship. Coaching helps clients let go of their own painful thoughts, and create their own relationship vision. This means clients are able to enjoy a satisfying relationship even without their partner's participation in the coaching process.
I also work with people who are not yet in a relationship. These include individuals who have a history of troubled relationships, have difficulty knowing what they want in a relationship, or just want to stay on track with their plan to find a deeper connection with someone.
If the need arises I meet with both partners and teach communication, conflict resolution and other coaching tools meant for couples.
I can help you quickly uncover the essence of what you want out of a partnership, guide you around painful issues, and create a safe cocoon as you face your fears and discover your true desires.
Is relationship coaching the same as "couples’ therapy"?
Relationship coaching is not "couples therapy”, just as life coaching is not psychotherapy. To use the analogy if therapists are compared to being surgeons, coaches are personal trainers.
If you are having relationship troubles Relationship Coaching might help you clear up your thinking, get some perspective or set inspiring new goals. However, in the case of problems with debilitating mental illness, couples therapy would be recommended.
Likewise, if there are many unhealed childhood wounds, I will likely refer you to a therapist who specializes in working with past trauma.
Spiritual Coaching is for anyone who simply wants more out of their life!
You might feel that you don’t know what your goals and dreams are, but with my assistance we will discover what these are and will help you focus on achieving these.
Spiritual Life Coaching can help you:
- Discover your natural born gifts and find and develop your sense of life purpose
- Develop clarity about what you really want in your life
- Change self-defeating behavioral patterns that are holding you back
- Improve your self-confidence and motivation
- Create a plan to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be
- Achieve results much more rapidly than you would on your own
Spiritual Life Coaching is not about religion and hence you do not have to be religious to obtain the benefit from Spiritual Coaching. It doesn’t matter what religion you do or don’t belong to and there is no judgment. Spiritual Life Coaching is concerned with the natural wisdom that resides within all of us: our divine spirit.
My purpose as a Spiritual Life Coach is to help you “remember” the wisdom and self-knowledge that already resides within you and to harness this wisdom to create the authentic life you are meant to live thereby living your Life Unlimited.
Like all other fields of Life Coaching, Spiritual Life Coaching is future focused and action oriented.
Weight Management Coaching
Many coaching techniques are utilised by me to provide my clients with the necessary tools to obtain and maintain healthy weight. The aim is to establish the causes of over-eating and to put the responsibility for eating behaviours firmly in the client’s court. Based upon the relationship between weight and attitude and the mind body relationship, coaching is a holistic approach which incorporates techniques from NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and psychology.
Various techniques are used to identify the behaviours associated with those of normal weight individuals in order to help the overweight individual to adopt these. The process will involve establishing which of the behaviours will serve you best and how to incorporate these into your own life.
Coaching will also be done on an individual basis to establish what your original beliefs, values and behaviours associated with food and diet are. These can be explored with a view to adopting adaptations of these beliefs and behaviours that will be of benefit to you, whilst losing those that are not beneficial. I can also help to keep you in touch with your desire to lose weight.
I will help you to set realistic goals for weight loss and develop a plan to attain these goals. This plan can include actions, research and education. This is not a menu plan or diet. The plan is also driven by you, so it is tailored to you and not a generic plan. I will help to consolidate all your ideas into steps which will take you towards losing weight.
I do not tell you what to eat and how. That is for you to determine once we have developed your plan.
Not just about Food
Weight loss coaching recognizes that it is not just food that leads to weight gain. Exercise has long been associated with weight management, but less known associations like sleep and stress have also been shown to affect the body's ability to lose weight. As we will be following a holistic approach your personal plan will be just that, personalized to your needs and goals.