Life Coaching

What is Life Coaching?

Life Coaching has been described as a holistic approach. It focusses on the whole person in their present life situation. The coach aims to helps each unique client identify what they want in their life and generate strategies that will move the client from where they are right now to where they want to be in the future. This process fosters the client’s personal growth. The work is highly collaborative and draws upon existing psychological theory and practice from a broad range of modalities or theoretical models and empirical research.

How does Life Coaching work?

Life coaching is frequently applied in a business context, but there are also coaches who deal with individuals and their personal lives by helping them to explore the underlying causes of their problems and find new routes to success. This more personal kind of life coaching is frequently done face-to-face.
The aim of life coaching is to help people break their negative belief patterns and behaviours, act more decisively, and set clear goals aimed at achieving what they want from life. Most coaches are equipped to deal with a broad range of presenting issues while others may specialise in areas such as relationships, stress, personal growth, business, careers, motivation, finances, creativity, and family.

What is Life Coaching used for?

Life Coaching can be applied to a broad range of issues, but personal growth and development toward a particular goal is typical feature of this approach. As such the application of this approach is as diverse as the clients seeking this kind of intervention.

When doesn’t Life Coaching work?

There are some circumstances where a client presents with a particular psychological problem and empirical research supports an alternative, for example the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for depression.

Things to consider when choosing Life Coaching

Life coaching is best suited to situations where a client may not have a formal diagnosis but still feels adrift. They might experience a general sense that they want their life to change but can helpfully use the support of a non-judgmental experience professional to join them a journey toward change.

Dr Malcolm Winstanley-Cross - Psychologist at Counselling in Melbourne


This content has been researched, prepared and written by Counselling in Melbourne psychologist Dr Malcolm Winstanley-Cross.

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