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What Is Coaching?

The International Coach Federation (ICF), which is the largest coaching credentialing and support organization in the world,defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources and creativity that the client already has.”

How is coaching different from therapy/ counseling/ consulting?

Counseling focuses on the clients past to find solutions for the problems the client is facing. It can be compared to archaeology. A counselor is helping you look back, “digging” to see how you got here and where you are wounded. The counselor works with you to bring understanding and healing from your past as you grasp and deal with your present.

Consulting focuses on expert advice for your problems. It is content driven and the solution is derived by the consultant. The consultant is in charge of the agenda or situation and the way forward. However, A coach works as per your focus areas and your requirements.

Coaching focuses on the future possibilities and does not focus too much on the past. It can be compared to architecture. You are in the place in your life where you are ready to move forward. A coach will draw from your wisdom and insight to begin drafting the “blueprints” for your future. The coach will work together to process issues, tap into your dreams and passions, set goals, gain momentum where you feel stuck and create the framework for the design of your life.

Life coaching is very practical and its success is measured by results. As your coach, I will help you set goals and actions towards those goals. And I will support and encourage you to go after them in a structured and realistic way.

Coaching is an incredible journey with a certified Coach, who encourages you, motivates you and provides you with the necessary structure, encouragement and support, without being judgmental.