A life coach is a professional who helps clients set and achieve personal and professional goals such as landing a dream job, losing weight or becoming healthier, growing a business, finding a soul mate, lowering their stress, developing positive communication patterns and setting priorities among many other things. Sometimes people who hire a life coach are stuck and don’t know what they want. Life coaching provides a partner in your journey to ask powerful questions and provide guidance to equip the person with the tools they need to make decisions at various crossroads in life.
Coaching is a partnership between the coach and client. By utilizing intuitive perceptivity with cutting-edge coaching techniques, a certified coach helps the client make mindset and awareness shifts in order to connect with a deeper sense of purpose and take action leading to sustainable change.
Life Coaching is an unregulated industry, so the burden to pick a qualified coach lies on the client. Because it is unregulated, anyone can claim to be a life coach. Before hiring a coach, please ask about the person’s qualifications, and be sure to ask them for specifics such as “Do you have an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certification?” or “Did you learn to coach at an ICF accredited educational organization?” If the answers to those questions are not a very simple “Yes,” then GILD Coaching recommends you look elsewhere – even if you choose to not be coached by us. There are three levels of certification – Associate, Professional, and Master.
Yes. GILD Coaching only works with Life Coaches who have studied with International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited schools and academies. Jane Mims, Founder of GILD Coaching is certified through the ICF accredited CoachVille Center for Coaching Mastery, and has the Professional Certified Coach credential.
GILD Coaching is a remote virtual meeting room based coaching practice. Client sessions usually involve being visible on a web cam in that meeting room, but do not have to if the client prefers otherwise.
Sessions generally last 50 minutes (1 hour block with 10 minutes of padding to preserve hourly start times) and involve the coach and client discussing the client’s mission, vision, and purpose, then creating a plan for the client to set and meet goals.
Life Coaching works through cutting-edge methodology over time. It’s not a quick fix. Goal setting, learning effective prioritization techniques, and creating a plan to achieve the goals is accomplished over a series of weeks. All client contracts are custom built depending on each person’s needs. There aren’t “cookie cutter” programs here – each program is uniquely designed for each unique person. Before signing a contract, GILD Coaching offers free breakthrough sessions to discuss whether a person is a good fit for GILD Coaching and vice-versa.
Life Coaches are not doctors. Through powerful questioning and intuitive guidance, Life Coaches partner with their clients to co-create an environment of success and self-empowerment. The methodology of Life Coaching may include delving into a person’s past to explain their present, and also focuses on the person’s present and future goals. Life Coaches co-create plans and utilize multiple methodologies to achieve results.
Therapy and counseling are done by a doctor or licensed counselor. They primarily focus on a person’s past and healing past wounds, but not developing plans. Therapists and counselors also do not usually make themselves available to clients between sessions. Many coaches, those with GILD, do make themselves available for personal contact.
Many people do not realize that Life Coaching has been around for 30+ years. Its rapidly increasing popularity is likely due to several things:
- About the Client: Life Coaching is not about the coach, the coach’s opinions or explanations. It’s entirely client-centered.
- Enjoyable: The coach and client create a partnership that is centered with a fundamentally positive purpose and which results in the client developing a greater sense of clarity and capability.
- Action-Oriented: Coaching begins with assessment, but is about action based on that initial assessment. Coaches help get things done.
Forward-Looking: While it can include recognizing past traumas, coaching is primarily focused on where a client goes from “here” and creating a more positive life for them.
The cost varies depending on each individual coaching agreement. GILD Coaching does not have “cookie-cutter” coaching packages. After an initial free coaching consultation, GILD creates personalized programs based on an individual’s needs. Because those needs vary, so does pricing.
We think we covered this in the previous answer, but in case we didn’t, it’s because we don’t have coaching agreements that are prefabricated. You’re a unique individual and you deserve a coaching program that is uniquely tailored to your needs and situation, as well as other elements going on in your life. GILD is highly selective about its clients, and expects you to be highly selective when choosing a coach. Beware of coaching practices offering one-off sessions. Coaching is an investment of time and money which involves a commitment by both the client and coach. This is a partnership with you and your coach both aimed at reaching your goals.
It depends on your company and its insurance policy. Because Life Coaching is not a medical treatment, it is generally not covered by medical insurance plans. That said, many companies are beginning to understand how greatly valuable coaching is for them and their employees, and are offering it as a benefit or subsidy.
Maybe. Many companies view coaching as an investment in personal growth, and contract coaches to work with their employees on all levels.