Life Coaching Virginia Beach VA
So What’s the Deal with Life Coaching?
Life coaching may sound like a fad, but this service and profession has actually been around for more than 17 years, and each year its popularity grows. An example of this growth can be seen in the International Coach Federation. Established in 1995, the International Coach Federation (ICF) is the largest organization of its kind. The purpose of the organization is to build, support, and preserve the integrity of the coaching profession, foster the development of the community of coaches worldwide, maintain and enhance the standards and practices of the coaching profession, and support members in creating a successful coaching practice.
ICF has more than 11,000 members, up from 2,122 its first year. In 2006 alone, membership grew at a rate of 200 new members per month. Today, ICF members live in 80 countries and the organization continues to grow.
ICF is just one example of how popular life coaching has become. This multi-million dollar industry has welcomed a number of psychiatrists and counselors over the years that coach thousands of clients in the areas of relationships, personal growth, careers, and more. It is important to note, however, that not all life coaches are psychologists. There are no requirements to become a life coach, so beware. More on this later.
A life coach is an individual that works one-on-one with a client to help him achieve his goals. They do this by helping clients fine tune goals, by encouraging personal growth, and by creating a behavior modification plan. As stated earlier, not all life coaches are counselors or psychiatrists. The ones that are (and are not) do not revisit past events in an attempt to heal the wounds of the past. They do not handle mental health issues. The goal is to help clients improve their relationships, careers or family life. Simply put, life coaches help mentally stable clients move forward in their lives.
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