The function of a life coach can vary depending on your specific needs and goals. A life coach encourages and counsels clients on a range of professional and personal issues.
Life coaching is more than just giving advice, and is distinct from consulting, counseling, mentoring, and administering therapy. Often times you might hire a coach to help you with specific professional projects, personal goals, or life transitions. A coach helps you grow by analyzing your current situation, identifying limiting beliefs, challenges, and obstacles by devising a custom plan of action designed to help you achieve specific outcomes in your life.
A recovery coach is similar to a life coach, but also specializes in walking the path of recovery with people who struggle with addiction. The purpose of a recovery coach is not only to help you stay sober, but also to help you learn how to live an integrated life. As I have walked the path of recovery, I have learned more about myself and the roots of my addiction through the Core Story tool. As a recovery coach, I have been trained to help you navigate the triggers of addiction, giving you a chance to heal and experience the joy and hope of recovery.
The relationship between a client and their coach is a partnership that seeks to:
Identify, clarify and create a vision for what the client wants
Employ the coach’s expertise to modify goals as needed
Encourage the client’s self-discovery and growth
Work with the client to develop an action-based plan of what fits best with the client’s goals, personality and vision
Create accountability that helps to keep you on track in your goals.
A good coach is a trained guide that has walked the path of healing and recovery in his own life, and therefore, is better equipped to help lead others down their path of healing and recovery. I am a certified and trained life and recovery coach, but more than that, I am a fellow traveler who wants to help others find the hope and healing I have found.