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Transformation Coach Versus Life Coach

Everybody wants to change the world, but very few people want to change how they act and perceive things themselves. Most of the time, they won’t be able to make these types of improvements on their own without proper guidance. Let’s take a look at two types of coaches that focus on self-improvement.

 

What Is a Life Coach?

A life coach is a professional who helps people identify and achieve their personal and professional goals. Life coaching is often confused with therapy or counseling, but these professions have distinct differences. Life coaching is directive, whereas treatment is more exploratory. Life coaches help clients set goals and take action steps to achieve them, whereas therapists help clients explore past events and emotions that may be impacting their current life. In addition, life coaches are not licensed mental health professionals, so they cannot diagnose or treat mental illness. 

However, life coaches can support and make individuals who want to make positive life changes accountable for their actions. Life coach training typically includes coursework in human behavior, psychology, and communication–an interested individual can take a life coach certification online course to gain the necessary knowledge to become one.

If you want more topic- or field-specific expertise, you may want to find a mentor. You can learn more to understand the differences between a life coach versus mentor, as well as exactly who hires a life coach.

 

What Is a Transformation Coach?

The term “transformation” can refer to a more internal view of how a person sees the world. While similar to a life coach, a transformation coach is someone who helps people make lasting changes in their lives. 

No matter what kind of change you want, a transformation coach can help you figure out what you need to do to make it happen. It can be challenging, but a transformation coach will help you break the process down into manageable steps. The first step is usually identifying your goals and developing a plan to achieve them. 

Once you have a plan, the next step is to take action. If you’re ready to change, a transformation coach can help you make it happen. A transformation coach will help you stay on track and be accountable, and they will celebrate your successes with you.

 

How Do They Differ?

Many people seek guidance on creating lasting change in their lives. There are now many life coaches and transformation coaches available to meet this demand. While both types of coaches can help individuals achieve their goals, there are some critical differences between them. 

A life coach is typically more focused on assisting individuals in identifying and overcoming obstacles that are holding them back from achieving their goals. In contrast, a transformation coach focuses on helping individuals identify and embrace the changes they need to make to achieve their desired transformation. 

As a result, life coaches tend to be more concerned with the present and future, while transformation coaches are more concerned with the past and present. Although both life coaches and transformation coaches can be helpful, choosing the type of coach best suited to your needs is important.

 

Which One Is For Me?

Both life coaching and transformation coaching can be helpful for people who want to make changes in their lives, and the best way to decide which type of coach you want to work with is to ask yourself what you hope to gain from the relationship. If you want help from someone to clarify their goals and develop an action plan, then a life coach may be a good choice. If you want someone who helps explore patterns and habits, set new intentions, and make lasting changes, then a transformation coach may be a better match for you. 

Ultimately, the decision of which type of coach to work with is a personal one. Whichever kind of coach you choose, make sure that you feel comfortable with them and that they are qualified to help others achieve their goals.

 

Final Thoughts

Coaching has become a popular way to achieve success in many areas of life. Life coaching and transformation coaching are now widely available to help people make lasting changes. While both types of coaching can be helpful, choosing the kind of coach best suited to your style and passion is vital. 

Life coaches are more focused on helping individuals identify and overcome obstacles. In contrast, transformation coaches are more focused on assisting individuals in identifying and embracing the changes they need to make to achieve their desired transformation. Looking for further guidance? We’re ready to help at Symbiosis Coaching.

Certified NLP Coach

Program Description: The Certified NLP Coach program allows you to incorporate very powerful NLP techniques you’re your day-to-day coaching practice.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Organizational Development Coach

Program Description:

The Certified Organizational Development Coach program is an exclusive and very unique program, designed for coaches who wish to coach entire organizations with their Organizational Development and Change Management goals. This program provides you with 65 ICF training hours - more than enough for the ACC credential. Over a series of 25 weekly lectures, it prepares you to deal with volatile group dynamics across entire organizations. Topics including OD interventions, Team Engagement, Buyer Behavior of internal customers, The Tripod of Success, Ensuring Sustainability, Performance-Retention correlation, Strategies to influence behavior - and many more - are covered in detail.

Coaches are introduced to the ARCS Model, as well as to the Organizational Culture Audit Toolkit. Employee motivation, satisfaction, and productivity are discussed, as well as their impact on the performance of the organization as a whole. Students are introduced to various Change Management models including Lewin's Planned Change model, the ADKAR Change Management model, and Kotter's 8 steps of Change Management. Resistance to change and its manifestation are discussed, as is Behavior Modification.

Upon completing this program, Certified Organizational Development Coaches will have all the tools they need to affect positive transformation within organizations, and will be able to coach teams and personnel at all levels - including initiators, decision makers, influencers, and intervention implementers.

In addition to coaches who are launching their own Corporate Coaching practices, this is an essential program for HR professionals, Training and Development Professionals, Managers, and Corporate Leaders who wish to implement internal policies and OD processes to guide their companies and people through ongoing change.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Executive Coach

Program Description

The Certified Executive Coach program has been designed for coaches who wish to coach managers, executives, and corporate leaders. The goal of this program is to cultivate a deep understanding of how the executive coaching process works as well as some of the challenges that come up in executive coaching conversations.

This program has been approved by the International Coaching Federation for 32 hours, and it comprises of 12 live, instructor-led, fully interactive virtual classes offered over zoom. These classes cover various aspects of executive coaching including, but not limited to Effective Collaboration, Performance Management, Upskilling, Conflict Management, Effective Collaboration, Developing Team Members, and many more.

This program has a very unique, hands-on, experiential structure. Classes are focused on active participation by students through real life Coaching Challenges and discussions of real life executive coaching situations.

ICF Training Hours: 32

Duration: 12-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Life Coach

Program Description:

The Certified life Coach program is an essential program for anyone considering coaching as a profession. The goal of this program is to create a deep understanding of the coaching process, along with how and why it is effective in catalyzing shifts in the mindset to create positive, sustainable transformation.

The training is based on the ICF’s core coaching competencies. It focuses on skills that lead to effective coaching conversations and that are required to build a successful coaching business. It evokes awareness about how identity, thoughts, and feelings determine mindset; and why a change in Think Feel Do impacts the achievement of goals though a change in this mindset.

This program is approved by the International Coaching Federation for 95 hours and comprises 24 live, instructor led, fully interactive virtual sessions offered over Zoom. These lectures cover all aspects of coaching – topics such as Human Emotions and the Brain, Coaching through Emotional Intelligence, The Belief System, Coaching Process and Structure, Deep Listening, Setting Worthy Goals, Asking Insightful Questions, Addressing Client Resistance, Coaching Groups, The Business of Coaching, and many more. These are complemented with a library of reading and reference material, coaching challenges based on various real-life coaching situations, extensive hands-on coaching practice, and assignments designed to trigger reflection on and mastery of coaching skills.

ICF Training Hours: 95

Duration: 24-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Class Schedule
ProgramStart DateClass TimesClass Schedule
Certified Life CoachWednesday, April 3rd10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 24-weeks
Certified Organizational Development CoachThursday, May 9th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Certified Executive CoachTuesday, May 7th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 12-weeks
Certified NLP CoachMonday, May 6th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Level 1/2 - ACC/PCC
Mentoring
Friday, May 31st10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 1-hour
for 6-sessions PLUS 4 one-on-
one sessions with mentor