The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Said another way, coaching is a process to help clients clarify what’s meaningful for them, and to achieve their life goals.
Obviously we can do this on our own, but the coach acts as a mirror and support to help in the process. Coaching works by helping to enhance awareness, increase motivation, uncover and activate personal strengths and resources, and develop new ones. Coaching is widely recognized as an effective way to achieve forward-moving change.
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
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.
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