What is Academic Life Coaching?
Coaching motivates others in identifying and achieving personal objectives (like goals, careers, relationships, prioritizing). An academic life coach helps students get to where they want to go, be it in academics, relationships or other areas of their lives
Life coaching is not therapy or counseling, but a unique way for raising self awareness and emotional intelligence that is based in Positive Psychology.
Traditional counseling and therapy tend to get people from a state of misery to a state of stability. Life coaching tends to get people from a state of stability to a state of flourishing. Neither discipline is better or worse than the other; they are simply different.
Life coaching helps people identify what they really want, and design actions steps to achieve it.
A coach doesn’t tell a client what to do, but observes, requests, challenges, and suggests. A coach asks powerful questions that evoke self-awareness and openings for action.
What does a typical coaching session look like?
A session is usually held via phone, video conference, or in-person meeting and lasts about one hour. Each session the client chooses a topic to work on that day. The client and coach clarify a concrete outcome that the client wants for this topic. During the session the coach employs a tool that is educational, ontological and/or psychological. By asking powerful, curious questions the coach helps the client build self-awareness and emotional intelligence. The client then applies these insights to creating actions to take prior to the next session. The client and coach confirm that these actions are in line with the concrete outcome set at the beginning of the session and agree on communication and accountability between sessions. Finally, logistics for the next session are confirmed.
For more information on Academic Life Coaching contact Cathy or call 509-795-1629.