What do you think of when you hear the words life coach?
Do you associate the role with that of a counsellor? Or a psychology professional? Perhaps you think life coaches work to support people who have issues or challenges, such as anxiety, mental health issues or change of life. Maybe relationship counselling or career and business coaching?
You'd be right.
A professional life coach can help people with all of the above, and more. Of course each individual coach offers services in different areas, depending on their training, skills and experience, but 'life coach' is the umbrella term that encompasses all types of help and therapy in career paths, relationships, finance and the challenges of life in general. Life coaching is a personal, tailored experience between the clients and their coaches.
Interested? Do you want to find out more about the different types of coaching you can access and where you can start looking for life coaching in Canberra?
Superprof has collated all the basics you want to know about life coaching, to help you make some informed decisions.
Types of Life Coaching
If we listed every specific type of life coaching, it would take you several hours to read. However, life coaching can be broken down into eight key services:
- business coaching
- career coaching
- finance coaching
- health and wellness coaching
- mental health coaching
- personal coaching
- relationship and family coaching
- spiritual coaching.
The following table breaks each of these services down further. Note that some services appear under multiple headings.
executive skills leadership
|Career||industry navigation |
|Health and Wellness||holistic |
mind, body, soul
|Mental Health||mindfulness |
|Personal||positive growth |
neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
|Relationship and Family||communication |
|Spiritual||self connection |
Coaches themselves can be divided according to the mode of service they provide, which is determined by the types of sessions they hold and the areas they focus on.
- One-on-one coaching
This is individualised coaching designed for one client, or a couple (in the case of relationship coaching). One-on-one coaching can be conducted either online or face to face in the coach's office or other agreed location. You'll usually find one-on-one coaching is most commonly offered in the mental health, personal, relationship and family, and health and wellness arenas.
- Group coaching
As the name suggests, a life coach who offers group coaching will work with larger groups of people, such as companies and small business teams. They may also offer guided spiritual coaching in a small group environment, or as courses, as well as extended family relationship coaching. Again, group sessions will often be offered both online and face to face. In the face to face setting, coaches are more likely to travel to the office of the company they are working with or will hire a hall or room for the sessions.
You can find professional, accredited coaches offering all of the above services for life coaching in Canberra.
Signs You Need a Life Coach
Many people don't realise they need support until it's too late — don't let this be you. Making contact with a life coach is not a sign of weakness, nor does it mean you will be committed for years on end — it may even be that you only require two or three sessions to talk through your issues or challenges with an unbiased professional.
Ask yourself the following questions and be honest with the answers:
Do I have trouble following through with goals?
Putting in the work to achieve your goals is difficult and is something most people struggle with at times but if your life is littered with unfulfilled goals — like the cupboard full of incomplete craft projects — it may be time to get some support.
Do I constantly feel on edge, or feel like I'm buffered by neverending challenges? I can't catch a break!
If you feel like you don't have the training, skills or experience to tackle work tasks or life challenges, this can lead to low confidence, anxiety and stress. It's detrimental to your physical health and your mental health. Your life becomes a treadmill — never advancing, unable to get off. Fresh eyes or a different approach could be all it takes to find your mojo again.
Is my life (finances, relationships, health, business ...) in disarray?
If you feel like you just want to curl up in a ball, under the doona, and sleep forever — or if you can never seem to find the time to get to the bottom (or the middle) of your 'to do' list — a life coach can help you wade through the mess and untangle the knots.
However, while it's important to know the signs that are telling you it's time to get in contact with a life coach, there are a couple of telltale signs that are warning you that you don't need a coach (and maybe need a different professional).
I just need to find someone to fix it all!
A life coach is there to coach you. They are not there to hand you the solutions to your issues on a silver platter and do all the work for you. If you want to get out of the mess you're in, you need the tools to do just that — or you'll be back where you started before you know it.
My issues are actually deep-seated psychological ones!
Coaching is not therapy. A life coach looks to the future. They tend not to delve into the past or into unresolved issues. If you know your issues are bordering on depression or mental health issues, then you need to seek psychological therapy from a trained therapist.
I want someone to confide in and who will agree with me and sympathise!
You don't need a coach — you need an understanding and patient friend who won't judge you or expect you to change when you don't want to.
Life Coaches in Canberra
The capital city of Australia, Canberra is often touted as a public service city — full of government workers, politicians and foreign diplomats. In fact, Canberra is one of the most popular student study destinations in Australia, has an equally high proportion of small business owners and a thriving creative community. With this diversity, there is little wonder that life coaching in Canberra is a rapidly growing industry.
Depending on the type of life coach you are trying to find, you may benefit from asking for recommendations from your school counsellor, GP or specialist, local community centre, or even your neighbours or work colleagues. Word-of-mouth and personal referrals are usually the best options.
You can also find a number of life coaches or personal development tutors on Superprof. Most of the Superprof tutors offer online sessions, which is perfect if you cannot find the professional you are looking for in Canberra itself. The great thing about online courses and coaching sessions is that they can be conducted by anyone, anywhere in Australia — as long as you both have reliable internet and a decent webcam and microphone.
If other avenues fail to find you a life coach that suits your needs, you can also run an online search. Typing in 'life coaching in Canberra' will give you pages of listings of professional life coaches. To get you started, here are a few we have found — who come with solid reputations or testimonials.
Chris Edwards — leadership coaching, small business support, personal coaching
Chris coaches clients throughout Australia and New Zealand, both online and face to face. In both his leadership and personal coach capacity, he helps clients to set goals and will support them to affect change, resolve issues and meet challenges. In his sessions, depending on the needs of his clients, Chris will focus on areas including time management skills, career mapping, negotiation, setting goals and improving relationships.
Diana Fels — spiritual healing, relationship counselling, personal wellness coaching
Diana believes in the importance of developing good health — both inside and out. Her personal philosophy revolves around allowing for change in your life to prioritise health and wellbeing — leading to increased happiness and reduction of anxiety and internal challenges.
StartAnew — life transitions, performance, career, change
With experience spanning twenty years, owner, certified coach and Australia Counselling Association member, Karen Freedman works with clients to set goals, determine strategies and gain the skills to live their lives to the fullest. Karen's approach is a unique three-step process:
- Discovery Session — conducted in person, online or by phone, Karen first works with clients to discover exactly what they need and then to develop a solution in collaboration.
- Coaching Sessions — depending on the needs of clients, five to ten sessions are recommended to enable you to get on the pathway to achieving your goals.
- Follow-up Sessions — available as needed by clients at different stages of their journey.
Would You Make a Good Life Coach?
More and more people are discovering their ideal career lies in coaching of some description, whether it's in the health and wellbeing sector, fitness coaching, relationship counselling or business coaching.
If you have experience in a particular field, and a passion to help and support people, you may wish to consider undertaking a series of life coaching courses and becoming an accredited, professional coach.