What is Wellness/Life Coaching?
Wellness coaching, also referred to as life coaching, helps individuals maximize their personal and professional potential through directing, instructing, and discussion to establish and accomplish personal goals. Unlike therapy, wellness coaching and life coaching are not aimed at treating mental illness. Life coaching programs are about developing and reaching a client’s goals and organizing their lives.
Drawn from methods used in management consulting and leadership training, life coaching also stems from these various fields of study:
- Sociology: the study of the development and functioning of human society
- Psychology: the science of the mind/mental state processes
- Positive Adult Development: satisfaction with life, contributing to society, and good health
- Career Counseling: career exploration, personal career development, and career-related issues
Technique & Method Of Wellness Coaching
The personal life coach often employs these five techniques (sometimes more) when working with a client:
- Values assessment
- Behavior modification
- Behavior modeling
- Goal setting
How Does Wellness Coaching Work?
The client and their wellness coach have a personally designed life coach program. Reflection, questions, requests, and discussions help the client identify their goals.
- Plans of action and strategies are determined.
- Everyday choices, whether profound or minuscule, are discussed and decided to best balance, fulfill, and satisfy the client.
- The life coach monitors the client’s progress and keeps them accountable in terms of their action plan.
- The action plan grows and evolves as the client’s needs and desires change.
Observations and unbiased advice are necessary tools for a life coach and the insights and skills to motivate the client. Positive affirmation is also important when a client reaches a goal or high point. However, a clear boundary must be drawn- the client takes action, and the life coach motivates it.
Specialization Areas Of Wellness Coaches
Life coaches usually specialize in one or more of the following areas:
- Relationships, Dating, Marriage, and Intimacy
- Entrepreneurial and Business Development
- Stress Management and Balance
- Time Management
- Spirituality and Personal Growth
- Career Planning and Development
- Family and Parenting
- Recovery and Researching Recovery Treatments/Recovery Programs
- Creativity for Artists, Writers, Musicians, and Performers
- Health, Lifestyle, Self-Care, and Aging
- Finances and Budgeting
- Conflict Management
There are no state or government regulations regarding life coaching standards or certificates. In the eyes of the law, anyone can claim the title of a “coach.” There are, however, four internationally self-appointed councils of coaching:
- The International Coaching Council (ICC)
- The International Coach Federation (ICF)
- The International Association of Coaching (IAC)
- The European Coaching Institute (ECI)
Individuals pursuing a career in life coaching usually attend a certified life coaching school. Often schools demand hundreds of hours of face-to-face training and personal references.
Choosing Suitable Life Coach
Finding a good match between a life coach and client is not difficult but may require direct contact. Individuals looking for a potential life coach or sober companion should:
- Schedule a few sample sessions
- Speak over the phone various times
- Then determine whether they can build trust and comfort with the potential life coach
Many life coaching programs offer a complimentary coaching session for guidance-seeking individuals.
Life Coaching For Recovery
Addiction is the main reason for substance abuse. Statistics show that by the end of 2017, around 19.7 million people aged twelve and older in the United States were battling a drug overdose. In addition, more than 8.5 million Americans suffered from both dual diagnoses in the same time frame. Dual symptoms occur when a person develops symptoms of drug abuse and mental illness.
The path to recovery from addiction gives you many options, especially the ability to return to your life. This is why it is so important to seek professional help from a life coach. The principles of wellness coaching and recovery include:
- Hope is central to healing which is improved
- Realize and rediscover the meaning of your situation.
- Understand that you have the necessary resources to make the necessary changes.
- Focus on what you want
- Develop practical solutions to the problems you face once you acquire the necessary skills
If you are suffering from a mental illness, addiction, or poor health, you need to get well coaching in order to recover.