What Is the Role of a Life Coach?

Everyone needs some help sometimes, especially when it comes to self-discovery. If you have the goal of being confident or fulfilling an objective in a certain project, it can be overwhelming to get from one point to another—this is where a life coach comes in. Just like a therapist, a life coach can help you find your strengths and weaknesses and deal with challenges that hold you back. There’s a lot of variety in the coaching world, both in people and certifications. From ICF accredited life coaching programs online to coaches that meet clients in their homes, how do you know which coach is for you?

Today, we’ll look at what to look for in a life coach before you consider visiting one.

What Does a Life Coach Do?

A life coach does not work like a therapist–they do not offer expert advice and will not tell you what to do. Rather, they endeavor to be listeners and communicators that use their knowledge, experience, and optimistic nature to help offer a new perspective on your life. A life coach begins by asking you questions about your visions in life, then helps you to refine the picture, set goals, and develop a strategy for how to realize your intentions. In this process, their help will equip you on the road towards achievement. Most of the time, life coaching is not straightforward–obstacles may arise when you’re working hard for your goals, and a life coach will help you avoid beliefs that have held you back in the past.

Other Duties of a Life Coach

  1. Help with work-life balance
  2. Help transition from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset
  3. Help determine goals and life purposes
  4. Help develop positive daily behavior that boosts productivity and mental health
  5. Help with the fear of failing
  6. Help identify special gifts and innate talents
  7. Offer accountability and motivation
  8. Create goals that move the client closer to their visions

What Is the Importance of Having a Life Coach?

Choosing to work with a life coach means you’re moving towards growing and improving yourself. As you grow and change, you will find areas that need improvement, and it can be a long and hard process when you try to do it alone. A life coach can help reduce the time spent learning difficult lessons through trial and error. An experienced coach speeds up the process of self-mastery by identifying strengths, which can boost confidence; they can also pinpoint where a person needs improvement. As a result, they’ll help boost a person’s awareness of negative habits, limiting beliefs, fixed mindsets, and other blockages that have prevented them from achieving their full potential.

How Do I Get Optimum Results From a Life Coach?

Don’t expect immediate results–a life coach helps you identify your problems and work towards achieving your objectives, and this process will take time. It can be helpful to set short and long-term goals.

Check if the coach suits your requirements—life coaches are all different, and don’t all use the same methods in approaching issues. Your outcomes will depend on the relationship you have with your coach, so be sure you choose a coach suited to your personality type and with an appropriate approach to your problems.

Don’t seek help for mental health issues from a life coach. If you have mental health concerns like anxiety or depression, talk to your therapist or doctor to discuss treatment options. A life coach will only offer advice that can boost your well-being, but this doesn’t mean they can adequately offer mental health solutions.

What Should I Do Before Hiring a Life Coach?

  1. Write down what you would like to achieve from working together
  2. Have a clear picture of what kind of a person you would like to hire
  3. Look for a certified life coach 
  4. Read reviews, testimonials, and other client experiences
  5. Plan out your budget for your sessions

Life coaches can empower people to make appropriate choices and help them achieve a more fulfilling life. With the right coach, you may be able to achieve things you never thought possible–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 CoachTuesday, September 3rd10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 24-weeks
Certified Organizational Development CoachMonday, October 7th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Certified Executive CoachThursday, October 10th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 12-weeks
Certified NLP CoachWednesday, October 9th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Level 1/2 - ACC/PCC
Friday, September 27th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 1-hour
for 6-sessions PLUS 4 one-on-
one sessions with mentor