If you want to help People, but not as a Psychologist or Counsellor

If you’re someone who enjoys helping others and wants to make a difference in their lives, coaching could be a great alternative to a career as a counsellor or therapist. Coach training can give you the skills you need to become a coach and help others to achieve their goals.

There are many different aspects to coaching. But some of the key elements include helping clients set goals, providing support and encouragement, and holding them accountable.

If you’re thinking about becoming a coach, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, it’s important to remember that coaching is not therapy. While both coach and therapist work with clients to help them improve their lives, the approach is different. Coaching focuses on the present and future, while therapy often looks at the past, with a particular focus on the emotional past.

Second, as a coach, you’ll need to be comfortable with the discomfort of NOT providing all the answers. Your clients will likely face challenges and setbacks along the way, and it’s your job to help them discover their own best thinking and pathway forward. This means being supportive and creating a space where they can be honest about the challenges they are facing.

Third, while it is ‘goal orientated’, the vast majority of people start coaching from a place of ‘what is not working’ that they want to stop or end. It is the coaching conversation that turns this around into a ‘goal focus’ with questions like ‘And, what do you want instead?’. To make a living as a Coach, you will need to think and decide on the type of people you want to help. Ask yourself, ‘What is the problem they want to solve?’

If you’re interested in becoming a coach, we offer a FREE Introduction to Coaching online learning program and everyone is welcome. You can learn more about that here.

About the Author

I am a qualified Coach (ICF PCC level) with over 17 years of professional experience as a Coach working in both organisational and personal development. I am also a Coach Trainer, the only person able to deliver the practical units of the Master of Arts Neuro Coaching in Australia.