Life coaching is provided for people who want to make changes in their personal lives.
Keith’s life coaching takes place in an open-plan area shared with his kitchen. This is probably a bit unusual as most life coaching, like counselling, takes place in a bespoke room.
But his philosophy is that he has yet to meet the person who doesn’t find some comfort in being in a kitchen. After all, it’s where many people gravitate to at parties. And it’s a great, relaxed space for coaching. Conversations can be in comfy chairs or sat at a table, which allows for creative work, as required.
Discussions can encompass topics such as:
- Roles: in the family and in the future
- New directions
- Spirituality, meaning and purpose
- General dissatisfaction with life and sense of lack of fulfilment
- Living space
- Career / getting back to work
As with other coaching, the agenda is set by the client and Keith’s role is as an enabler. He believes the following description of coaching (Parsloe &Wray, 2002) particularly applies to life coaching:
“The aim is to help and support people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and enable them to become the person they want to be.”
Sometimes the client might not yet know who they want to be – and that’s fine, it’s part of the journey.
The client always has the key in their pocket to open new doors as and when requires. Sometimes a little prompt is required to remembering the key is always there.