What Are the Benefits of Coaching?

Coaching is one of the most practical forms of counseling, aimed almost entirely at self-help, personal counseling, and person-centered counseling, and at concrete life-goals. It is a useful approach to fundamental improvements in career, health, or other project-style areas of concern.

Types of Coaching

  • Life-coach for overall reorganization and restructuring of life patterns.
  • Career coach, focusing on purely professional issues.
  • Health coach, for a new, fit you.
  • Hypnotherapy, putting your subconscious to work for you.

You and Your Life-Coach

More than in any other form of counseling, coaching allows you to set clear goals. Life counseling is aimed at helping you improve the overall sense and organization of your life, and improve quality of life. Your coach will encourage you to examine areas of your life that you find less than satisfactory, will help determine a plan for improving those areas, will work with you to maintain focus and morale, and educate you in ways of using various techniques to increase the odds of a good outcome. Working as a team you enhance your life skills, pursue your desired goals, and improve your ability to experience a full and rewarding life.

Career Coaching: A Narrow but Intense Focus

For many people, the primary area of life that needs improvement concerns career goals. Whether you are thinking of changing careers, or want to concentrate on expanding your skills and placement in a field you love, a career coach can help you accomplish your goals.

Career coaches are often very practically oriented, dealing with common issues: from self-presentation and promotion to networking to educational opportunities, a career coach has been trained to examine your current standing, and determine possible directions for growth and improvement. A career coach can guide you through a serious evaluation of your own strengths and weaknesses, their effect in the context of your chosen field, and you desires for future growth and advancement.

A Health Coach: Trainer or Counselor?

There’s a lot of range available in health coaching, from coaches trained to deal with medical and nutritional concerns – very much like nurses and medical assistants – to exercise and activity based coaches, to coaches dealing with therapeutic work – post traumatic, post surgical, and post injury in many cases, working with mind and body much as a physical therapist works primarily with body alone. Which you need will depend very much on your personal reasons for pursuing health coaching.


Hypnotherapy isn’t technically a form of coaching. It is, however, a way to help your mind serve as its own coach. Many of us have to fight constantly to deal with mind-talk that leads us to sabotage our own efforts, give up on our goals, and damage our own sense of self-worth. Coaching primarily approaches that problem from the conscious side of the equation, offering techniques for affirming your worth, carefully altering your mental habits, changing the imagery you use in regards to yourself and your goals, and more. Hypnotherapy comes at the problem from another angle, helping you construct and draw on subconsciously implanted positive images and strong commitment to goals without sabotaging mental software cutting in.

Limits of Coaching

Coaching is often a low-level, practically directed form of counseling. A coach is seldom a trained psychiatrist or psychologist, cannot provide medical advice or oversight, and should not be considered as the right choice for deep forms of therapy and soul searching. Nor should a coach be prescribing medications in any sense other than suggesting you discus various treatments with your own doctor or medical counselor.

Licensed hypnotherapists are often conversant with not only the techniques of hypnotism, but are also trained in basic psychiatry; so that they can understand the sorts of self-damage you may be doing and help provide useful triggers and levers so that you can accomplish your goals.

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