What is and isn't Life Coaching?
Life Coaching is great for getting your life in perspective and making calm choices about what you want and don't want in your life in future. It includes working out how to achieve that, and essentially monitoring your progress.
A good life coach will be able to help you do all this, and will offer you tools and skills you can use along the way to improve your chances of success.
Life coaches should not make your decisions for you, they are there to make it easier for you to take conscious control of your own life and choices. Nor will a life coach do the work for you, you make your choices and have to work at achieving your own goals. Life coaches are there to give support in whatever way they can to you whilst you do this.
Life coaches specialise in different areas but life coaching will always need to consider the whole of your life to address any of these areas since they do not exist in isolation and however hard some people try, they will always affect each other through us.
If you have actual practical work, pieces of research or advocacy which you need someone to do for you then you might try contacting another branch of our work BFI R&R
What to expect from your first life coaching session?
The first session is all about getting comfortable with each other and getting to understand the wider picture both for Jo as your coach, and also to ensure you understand what coaching is offering you.
Having got an overview of your life, the session will usually conclude with focus on clarifying some ideas of what issues you want to address in the future sessions (eg: thinking of ways to work on weight loss; assessing work life balance and improving it; improving relations within a family, being happier in yourself) . This is where you get to make the statement of what you want from your coaching, and make a commitment to doing the work to get it for yourself.
Future sessions nature and structure will depend on what this is but will involve exploring your values, assessing your options, learning about useful tools, setting achievable goals, tracking progress and more.