As a life coach, I resonate with Dr. Romie’s approach to choosing a life coach. It’s an important decision, so consider the 7 questions she believes can help those seeking a life coach to find a professional that is right for them.
1. “What issue do you need guidance with?”
It’s important to be specific when choosing a life coach. Not every coach can help you with every problem; think about your struggles and goals, and choose a life coach who focuses in those areas.
2. “What type of training or certification did the life coach receive?”
There is no standard requirement for life coach training in the United States. To ensure that you are receiving quality assistance, inquire about the coach’s training. Ask for details about the program in which they studied, like coursework and field experience.
3. “What makes the coach an expert or authority in their field?”
Don’t assume that a coach is an expert simply because he or she claims to be; ask questions. Find out what previous experience they have and what qualifies them as an expert in their field.
4. “Are you open to change?”
A life coach should not simply stand by and tell you what to do. They should encourage you to explore, grow, and discover methods to help you achieve your personal goals.
5. “Are you really in need of a mental health professional?”
Be sure that you are seeking assistance from a qualified individual. If you are in need of help with a mental health issue, you should seek out a mental health professional, not a life coach.
6. “Why would a professional also train to be a life coach?”
Life coaching can benefit any professional by helping them to develop interpersonal skills that can improve relations between them and their clients. These skills include being present, listening, expressing empathy, offering validation, and reframing.
7. “How do I know if the life coaching sessions are working?”
I life coach should help you set and achieve goals; they shouldn’t do the work for you. An effective life coach will help you to improve, but all improvements take time. Set a time frame with your life coach to ensure that you continue making progress.
It’s important to remember that life coaches are not one-size-fits-all. Assess your own specific needs, and take the time to find a life coach that is qualified to help you in those areas.
To read Dr. Romie’s original article, follow this link: www.noomii.com/articles/4634-7-questions-to-ask-when-choosing-a-life-coach.
Written by Joanne Angeli, Founder and CEO of New Heart Coaching