“Life Coaching” can encompass a number of methodologies and focal points.
Some life coaching focuses strictly on health and the integration of healthy lifestyle habits with diet and exercise. Other forms focus on business/career and its impact on a person’s life with the goal of finding life balance while achieving professional success. True, all-encompassing life coaching takes a holistic approach by integrating factors such as relationships, career, health, finances, and purpose into a client’s overall lifestyle. All aspects of our lives are inherently interwoven, so for most individuals, working with a life coach is a process of creating harmony among all these facets of their lives
I have a certification as a ‘Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach’ from ACE, and thereby I look at my scope of practice to advise people about behavior around food and weight management.
However, while I really do not call myself a coach of any stripe, I often find myself, in my role as personal trainer, called upon for just about any life situations that arises for my clients. I have to preface that by saying that I tend to have my clients for years (some more than 10, many more than 5 years), and during this time I am – more or less – a vicarious participant of their lives. I have found myself giving advice of referrals in just about any area of life, be it helping a client after the loss of a spouse to finding to podiatrist.
I don’t even know what to call that – I guess: PERSONAL Trainer 🙂
I took my coaching through Wellcoaches. It was a course that took 13 weeks and it is based upon principles of positive psychology.
With the Wellcoach approach one coaches one through the nine areas of wellness:
4. Life Satisfaction
5. Life balance
Life coaching can vary from relationship coaching to coach new business owners within a specific industry. As others have said, there are specialties involving health, fitness, and wellness. If that’s the direction you’re heading, you can be as specific as you want as long as you can find the clients.