Frequently Asked Questions
Life Coaching by Tracy Neely, MSW Denver, Colorado
History and Evolution of Life Coaching
Historically, life coaching has been emerging since 1970, and the field of life coaching has been growing rapidly over the past 10 years. Simply put, it is the process used to help move a person or persons from where they are to where they want to be. Several other fields of study including sports, education, organizational development and many others influence the life coaching profession. Today, coaching has taken on a more independent discipline, often focusing more on individuals.
As a college graduate and former college athlete, coaching comes naturally, and has proven to be extremely beneficial in my practice over the past 25 years. I enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to advocate and support others as they move through their individual life journey.
What can I expect from Life Coaching?
Identify where you currently are in your daily life.
Clearly define where you would like your life to be, and determine a path.
Remove any barriers preventing you from achieving your vision for yourself.
Take action steps to achieve your vision by supporting you and keeping you accountable.
A Strengths Finder Assessment
Invest more time developing strengths, and spend less time focusing on deficiencies. We will place emphasis on what you naturally do best, with minimal effort.
Is Life Coaching the same as therapy or counseling?
No. Life Coaching services differ from traditional counseling and therapy, that typically includes a mental health diagnosis, or a psychological “problem.” Life Coaching is for individuals looking to refine their goals, enhance their relationships, deal with chaotic life changes, improve self-esteem, achieve personal growth and enjoy complete health and wellness each day.
What if I’m feeling sad and depressed, will Life Coaching help me?
Absolutely! Sadness and depression can have both internal and external origins, such as work or relationship struggles, or perhaps you may be carrying around a few extra pounds and looking to boost your self-esteem. Life Coaching can be extremely effective in these instances (and many others), and can promote total health and wellness. If an individual’s depression is persistent, an appropriate referral can be made.
How do I know when my relationship is working well?
For starters, it is vital that we become good listeners, because those we love will tell us when things are amiss. A wise saying reminds us that we have two ears and one mouth, and we should use them in that ratio. Secondly, take the time to get familiar with facial expressions, body language, tone and pitch. Several research studies suggests that between 60% and 90% of all human communication is nonverbal, which means what you’re saying may not be coming out of your mouth!