Here, participants can receive one-to-one support and attention to help them define and work toward their goals. Life coaching provides greater individualized support to participants crossing developmental and cognitive thresholds. Staff helps participants define and work toward goals, creating small action steps that are accomplished and measured through a system of accountability. In addition, participants are in 24/7 contact with our Administration and Independent Living Specialists who meet weekly to review their progress. Read more about our Life Coaching Services.
Navigating the challenges and twists of life, even everyday life, is not easy. The world moves at such an unforgivingly fast pace that it can feel impossible to get a grip on things. That’s where a life coach can come in. He or she can help guide you through the various issues you face, providing the perspective and precedent on which to base a plan for how to tackle whatever is facing you. Most of us have some kind of impediment to realizing our dreams. Perhaps we don’t have the money or time to invest in what we’d really like to do – in what we think would fulfill our talents and abilities to their fullest extent. Maybe we feel that despite all we have, we’re still missing something. Working closely with you, a life coach can:
- Identify what your goals are
- Identify what is holding you back from achieving those goals
- Develop a plan for working around or through those obstacles
These steps sound deceptively easy, but sometimes it can be impossible to see a way out of a personal rut. Trying to get through a rough patch in your life is difficult, but a life coach can help. As an outsider, they are freed from the same limitations that hamper you. After careful consultations, they’ll be able to provide you with solutions and suggestions on how you can re-take control of your life.
What Do These Consultations Look Like?
Initially, you will do most of the talking during your consultation sessions. The coach has to get to know you before he or she starts giving advice. The coach also has to know what you want to get from the sessions, where you want your life to be, and what’s stopping you from getting there. The coach will give you things to do or think about. You may be asked to keep a journal, for example, or consider new ways to approach an old problem – ways you hadn’t previously considered. You may be given tasks to do – to break harmful ways of thinking and start carving out a new identity for yourself. Some of these exercises may be challenging, but that’s what the life coach is there for – to guide you through these changes, to provide a safety net when you fail, and to be a partner when you succeed. Another important job of a life coach is to keep you accountable to the plan he or she set you on. While a friend or family member can offer invaluable support, a life coach is there to motivate and guide you. If part of the program is writing in a journal, your coach will stay on top of you to keep writing when the novelty runs out. If part of the program is attending a yoga class, your coach might even take the classes with you. It’s not just the accountability that’s important; it’s the fact that your coach becomes invested in your progress.
How Can a Life Coach Help My Child?
Being a child carries with it its own unique burdens. Faced with peer pressure to fit in, parental pressure to succeed, and a growing body and brain that have no idea how to make everybody happy and still figure out their own identities, children and teenagers can often benefit from the services of a life coach. According to USA Today, more than 25 percent of teenagers report feeling “extreme stress” during a school year. The stress can come from school, work, friends and family. But instead of the stress being considered as one massive tangle of causes, a life coach could help your teen identify which specific areas of his or her life bring the most stress. Is he too pressured by his coaches or teachers to be good at sports? Is she worried that she will lose her friends if she pursues her own interests? As much as you want to help your child, your parental instincts may prevent you from seeing the bigger picture that a life coach is trained to see. A life coach will often let a teen set his or her own goals. By doing so, this engages the teen on a deeper level than if the coach were to establish his or her own standards. This gives teens experience in taking control and ownership of their decisions, but also encourages them to trust a responsible authority figure, for help and perspective. In the case of teenagers, who are prone to pulling away from their parents, a life coach can be an essential positive adult influence. The coach acts as a conduit between a teenager expressing his or her uniqueness and individuality, and the parents, who might have trouble relating to the person their little boy or girl is growing up to become.