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How does Holistic Life Coaching differ from Counseling?

Both Counselors and Coaches listen, ask questions, raise awareness and move clients forward. However, counseling and therapy is more about treating a present problem or number of issues by looking into the past. Counseling and therapy more than likely will include psychiatry and diagnosis, neither of which is part of Life Coaching. It is about moving from where you  are now into a positive and health future.

Therapy tends to focus on finding the answers to questions from the past that have shaped who your client is now. There is nothing wrong with that and for some people, it might be what they need. Coaching helps the client find the answers to whatever questions they have that is preventing them from doing what they want to do. In short, working with a coach means getting in action, implementing new skills, changes, or goals, and making sure that a life coach can help you find ways to accomplish the things you need. That is why many counselors now say they are coaches, because they want to integrate the best of both worlds.

Coaching is motivational, inspiring, positive, exciting and action driven. Coaching helps people look at where they are now and where they’d like to be, and helps people bridge the gap. By raising awareness and encouraging people to take responsibility for their life, life coaching can help  you use the opportunity to rise to your own particular challenges and go further than you ever thought possible. Coaching assists people take the driver’s seat of their own life.

Coaching can be defined as “an ongoing partnership that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their lives. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.

The name ‘coaching’ uses a metaphor from the sports community, where coaching is an established activity. No team of athletes would consider trying to reach excellence without a coach. In being coached, one does not have to admit either to needing help or even to having a problem, so the shame-based feelings often triggered by counseling are by-passed. It is no disgrace to have a coach.

The coaching process is the only human improvement process that focuses completely on the you. Life coaches are equal partners who assist their clients to improve and grow as a person as the means to achieve balance. Coaches assist and help execute the actions necessary to achieve goals. Do you want to find a higher power? Redefine your spiritual growth? Do you need coaching to help you with your grief? How about a recovery coach to help you with your recovery? Need coaching for depression? What about self-esteem or standing up to your spouse, friends, family or children? How about learning to feel good about you? When you feel good about you, good things happen!

Coaching taps into the power center both within the client and within the coach. Giving credence to this immaterial intelligence, coaches can aid clients in hearing the messages in their heart, supporting them to take action and effect changes from that place of inner strength no matter what the issue is.

So if you desire direction, and need a change, or clarity, or just want to improve your outlook and find positive answers, seek out a holistic life coach and begin to open doors you thought were once closed.

For now this is Dr. Tyler Woods, holistic life coach and mental health practitioner saying, walk in peace…

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