Frequently asked questions

What is a Life Coach?

A Life Coach is someone who is qualified to support, encourage, challenge and motivate you to achieve your goals.  We actively listen to not only what you are saying, but to the real meaning  behind those words.  We celebrate your wins, help you overcome obstacles, identify your unique strengths and skills, and identify your weaknesses.  We help you to move forward at a much faster pace than you could do on your own, with the ultimate aim of you achieving your goals and discovering a much happier life.

Who hires a Life Coach?

People who partner with me want to create lives they love and are willing to do whatever it takes. They recognize that living the “status quo” no longer works for them. They have a burning desire to create positive change in a certain area of their life and they realize that they will stay focused and get there quicker with the support of a coach.

What are the benefits of Life Coaching?

The benefit of having a Life Coach is having someone who is solely dedicated to you and the achievement of your goals.  We are confidential, non-judgemental, supportive, encouraging and motivating just when you need it.  We keep you focused on where you want to be and moving forward in the right direction. We’ll help you to get to where you want to be much faster than you could on your own.

How is Life Coaching different from Counselling?

Counselling generally aims to solve problems by understanding what happened in the past.  Coaching is almost exclusively future focused. Counsellors also give advice.  Coaches don’t give advice, instead they use various techniques to facilitate the process of an individual finding the best path for themselves.

A typical counselling session deals with emotions and issues in the past affecting the present, whereas, a coaching session is focused on the future and deals with optimising the opportunities in your life for you to ultimately achieve greater happiness.

Does Life Coaching work?

Life Coaching works because it focuses on exactly what you want to achieve and gets you there faster.  People go through life constantly busy ‘doing things’, but very rarely do we stop and consider our future, and where we want to be.  By using a Life Coach you are able to do just that, with the aid of a coach who is 100% dedicated to you and your future.  A Life Coach is able to keep you focused and, through our experience and expertise, you’ll be able to identify options available to you, that you may not have ever considered.

How do I know if a Life Coach is for me?

To be honest everyone will benefit from having a coach.  There are always goals to achieve, areas in our lives that we want to improve, and a Life Coach supports you to do just that.  The real question is….Am I ready, willing and able to be coached?  Click here to take a quick questionnaire to find out if you are ready, willing and able now.

How long are Coaching sessions?

A typical coaching session with me is 60 minutes.

How many sessions will I need?

It depends on where you are, where you want to go, and how quickly you want to get there.  Some clients are able to achieve their goals in as little as one to three months.  Most often, clients stay with a coach anywhere from six to eighteen months.  After clients realize their first goals, they often identify other areas they want to work on. The coaching relationship continues as long as there is benefit to the client.

It’s important to remember that many coaching techniques and processes can be learnt and practiced on your own.  As counter-intuitive as it may sound, a good coach’s goal should be to reduce your dependency on them as soon as possible, that shows you’re becoming more resourceful and that you’re learning to more effectively deal with new situations as they arise.

Where does the Coaching take place?

My coaching takes place over the phone or Skype, with the client phoning/Skyping me.  This has proven to be the most convenient way for clients to fit coaching into their busy lives.  Other than the phone, you will need a quiet room with no distractions where you can totally focus on the conversation.  Face to face coaching is available to those in the Auckland, New Zealand area if you prefer.

How much does it cost?

Professionally trained, certified coaches charge fees in line with other highly trained professionals.  Fees vary from coach to coach,  I charge on a package basis. Our fee arrangement is worked out once you’ve had a complimentary consultation and I have a better understanding of your current situation and goals.

What will I have to do to get the best out of Life Coaching?

You need to have a positive attitude towards the achievement of your goal. You need to be totally open, trusting and honest within the coaching relationship. You need to have the time and commitment to complete the actions that you will set yourself at the end of each session. These actions are what will move you closer to your overall goal. Ultimately your level of commitment will directly influence the speed and extent to which your goals will be realized. To help you with all of this, the coach provides boundless motivation, support and encouragement within a confidential and non-judgemental environment.

Amy Jack
Personal Life Coach

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