Founder and managing director of Achievement specialist, Curly Martain, said: “Contrary to what people may think, life coaching isn’t about fixing problems. It’s about providing the support that can enable high achievers to do even more.” The past few years have seen something of a boom in the life-coaching industry.
Life coaching originated in the USA and its popularity is gradually increasing in the U.K as people are more receptive to the idea of alternative therapy. Coaching is now even being used on a professional level by companies to help with leadership and development within their organisations.
Ms Martin said: “People who train to become coaches will often go on to practice within their own sphere of knowledge or experience.
“For example, someone who has had a successful corporate career may decide to train as an executive coach and work with corporate clients because that is the environment they are familiar with.” Life coaches usually work with clients on a one-to-one basis by helping them identify professional and personal goals and by working out a way of achieve them.
Jonathan Jay, chairman of the London-based Coaching Academy, a provider of life coach courses, explainded that the higher the profile of your job, the harder it can be to find support as you may be unable to speak to colleagues about your work and you can’t always take it home.