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Life Coaching

Rhonda Busby Life Coaching certification logoAbout Life Coaching

A life coach is a professional who provides clients with feedback, insights, and guidance from an outside vantage point.  Coaching is an ongoing collaborative partnership that is built on taking action.

In this powerful alliance, clients find themselves:

—doing more than they would do on their own

—taking themselves much more seriously

—creating momentum and consistency

—taking more effective and focused actions

—becoming more balanced and fulfilled

 

People hire a coach when they’re:

—feeling dissatisfied with any area of their life

—dealing with a health challenge that requires lifestyle changes

—making a career transition

—starting a new business

—reevaluating life choices

—looking for professional and personal breakthroughs

 

With my training in other modalities, I am in a position to offer life coaching in conjunction with one’s Vedic birth chart and/or one’s Enneagram type.  With my nursing and midwifery background, I can coach people with health problems or who want to make improvements in their health habits.  I am particularly interested in coaching pregnant women who are in need of help making lifestyle changes and/or who need help preparing for labor and motherhood.


How does coaching work?

Coaching is action-oriented.  It’s about moving forward and not dwelling on the past.  It doesn’t matter how you got to where you are or who is to blame for how you turned out.  Coaching is about where you are right now and where you would like to be.  With a coach as your guide, you will be able to define your dreams, recognize what’s holding you back, and move forward with great momentum and clarity of vision.  Coaching is an ongoing partnership between coach and client designed to improve and enhance your quality of life.  The benefits of coaching are far-reaching, and they extend to people from all walks of life.  At one time only a select few executives, professionals, and politicians had coaches.  But now, most people can enjoy the benefits of having their own coach.

 

Why is coaching so popular now, and why didn’t it exist before? 

At the turn of the century in 1900, we were dependent on one another for our very existence.  In spite of our pioneering spirit, or maybe because of the enormous risks we were taking in blazing trails across the new country, we needed each other for our most basic needs.  As we skip through the subsequent decades and observe the morphed changes of society, we notice a gradual disconnection of the tight bonds previously necessary to survive.  The traditional family unit shrinks from the supportive environment of multi-generations living under one roof to the scarce reality of single parents barely able to make ends meet, both financially and emotionally.

Coaches and mentors are stepping into the roles previously held by family members and the elders of our tribe.  As a society, we seem to be realizing that we are not meant to do this alone, nor can we.  Another reason for the popularity of coaching is how it’s perceived.  Psychologists have long been the answer to the question, “Who can I talk to about this?”  Having no available or trusted family counsel, it became commonplace, even popular, to seek therapy.  Coaching appeals to people because it facilitates a confidential relationship with a trusted professional without any perceived social stigma attached to it.  It’s tough for many of us to admit we need help, show vulnerability, and reveal that life has gotten out of control.  It’s nice to be able to talk with someone who can help us get our lives back on track.

 

What is the difference between coaching and psychological counseling, or therapy?

It is estimated that 80% of those seeing a therapist have no mental disorder.  Coaching does not wallow in the past.  It’s not about how you got to where you are, or who’s responsible for how you turned out.  It’s about where you are now, where you want to be, and how to get there quickly.  Coaching is about taking action, and many times all someone needs is an accountability partner in order to live the life he or she has always wanted.  Life coaches are more than friends with whom to share problems.  They are sounding boards for the solutions to challenges we face on a daily basis.  They are mentors in some cases, cheerleaders in others.  They are part consultant, part family.

There are similarities between coaches and therapists.  Both relationships develop over a period of time.  Confidentiality is critical in both relationships.  The needs and wants of the clients are the focus for both.  There are professional and ethical standards for both.  The major difference between coaches and therapists is that coaching is not appropriate as frontline support for individuals suffering from chronic depression, anxiety, neuroses, or addictions.

Coaching clients are well individuals who have generally accepted their past and have full focus on their present and future.  They are individuals who take responsibility and who will benefit from accountability.  Therapists and psychiatrists work with clients who need professional help to work towards healing, recovery, and issue resolution.  Coaches work with clients who want a detached partner to help them evolve and improve their lives.  Therapists are experts in medical and behavioral sciences, trained to treat diagnosable conditions like post traumatic stress disorder, addictions of any type, depression, bipolar disorder, and many other conditions.  Coaches see their clients’ brilliance, strengths, and areas in need of improvement.  They are trained to support their clients as they achieve certain desired outcomes.  Therapists are required to keep their personal feelings and thoughts removed.  Coaches use personal disclosure as a tool to help and challenge their clients.

 

What’s the difference between confiding in a coach and confiding in a friend? 

A coach holds their clients accountable for what they want to create and achieve in their lives.  As a friend, it is great to support one another, but when you try to hold a friend accountable it can bring problems to the relationship.  Coaching is NOT advice-giving.  Coaching is getting clients in touch with their own inner wisdom and power so they can determine the right steps to take in their own lives.  Coaches don’t give advice, whereas friends do.

 

What’s the difference between being a coach and being a consultant? 

Consultants give advice to their clients about how to solve problems.  They say, “This is what to do and this is how you do it.  Then this is the next step.”  Coaches guide their clients to their own solutions by asking powerful questions, so the clients allow their inner wisdom to come to the right solution for them.  Consultants are focused on results and what they can measure.  They are hired to produce a certain outcome.  Coaches are hired to support their clients as they achieve certain outcomes.

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