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How to Find a Good Coach?

I recently listened to a podcast about how to find and choose a life coach. This is such an important topic, especially in our days. Therefore, this post will be all about choosing a coach, a life coach to be more precise, and how to find a life coach who could be a good match and the coaching that would get you the desired results.

A few words about my professional background, before you continue to read. I started to work as a coach in 2007. I’m certified as an NLP Coach and Trainer, Hypnosis Coach, Reiki Master, Advanced Energy Healing Practitioner, Ho’oponopono Practitioner and MAP Practitioner (MAP stands for Making Anything Possible), and I’m trained in Soul-centered Healing method Level 3, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), TFT (Thought Field Therapy) and a few other modalities.

Those modalities above attracted me on my own healing path and they worked out and work very well for me but they also worked out and work very effectively for my clients. I’m continuously educating and improving myself and looking out for ways to serve my clients in the best possible and most effective way. I don’t offer any methods I didn’t try on myself!

Every person has unique needs and beliefs toward healing. In my healing and coaching practice, I hold space for those diverse important needs.

For becoming a certified life coach you have to complete a training program with a curriculum including lots of practice hours. You get supervision on your cases and can exchange with your co-students. Then you have to pass the exams and often fulfill high requirements to get certified.

There are many ways to do this. One path is going through the International Coaching Federation. However, every state or country may have its own laws and regulations so it could be different all around the world. So, just make sure that you ask because if someone is certified, what that means is that they have had at least 300 to 500 coaching hours under their belt, and, hopefully! they are confident with what they’re doing.

There are numerous certifications for life coaches online. Overall life coaches can be very helpful when you need another perspective or simply a kick in the pants to get you going and moving towards something you want to become or achieve. You’d be surprised how helpful it can be to just get some advice, tips, strategies, and action items from someone who isn’t a friend or family member!

Where life coaches cannot help completely is when you have a real mental health issue that could be a mental illness. They are not trained for it, they are not trained how to properly diagnose or treat mental illness and if a life coach is your only resource I would rather encourage you to also incorporate a therapist into your treatment as soon as possible.

Ensure you’re getting all that you need from both the life coach and the therapist and all are on the same page. But between just needing to kick in the pants, some support and advice, and treating a mental illness, there is a line.

As in every profession, there are some really good and bad life coaches who would flake on the clients or really not do much of anything to support them.

But just like any job there’s gonna be life coaches that are extremely good at their job and they love to help, and they really help you grow and change.