Jim Stern Coaching



Many people I meet on a daily basis often ask me to define exactly what life coaching is because it’s a fairly new area in achieving mental wellness. To decide if life coaching is for you or not, it’s best to understand the basic differences between life coaching and therapy.

In explaining therapy, I often tell people that it is usually based in trauma, or a troubling issue rooted in the past (sometimes it can be in the present).  Often the client cannot move forward until this troubling issue is dealt with.  Of course, this is a generalization as there are therapist that focus on behavior modification and life coaching.  Therapy is more thought of as a long term commitment and some people will go to a therapist for years (and sometimes it become a crutch).

Life coaching is based on meeting you where you are now and helping you navigate to who you want to become or where you want to go.  It is a more positive experience because the client is working to improve themselves.  Life coaching is about helping people get unstuck.  People can find themselves stuck for many reasons such as changes in their lives (work or personal), painful thoughts they have or in achieving goals.  Life coaching is more of a short-term approach to resolving issues.  Unfortunately, anyone can call themselves a life coach, so it is important to find a life coach who has been certified by reputable life coaching program.

You are a great candidate for life coaching if you are ready to make positive changes in your life, wanting to resolve the issues or thoughts that are holding you back or you just want to take control of your life and become the person you were meant to be. I like to think of a life coach as someone that is on YOUR team.  If this sounds like you then it’s time to book an appointment for a complimentary introduction call.

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