Frequently Asked Questions
Life Coaching FAQ
What is Life Coaching?
Life Coaching is a facilitative process which empowers the individual to take charge of and make positive changes in their life. Life Coaching is also a powerful resource which is designed to implement change leading to a real fulfillment in life. You have all the resources that you need to solve your own problems; a life coach is there to help you remove the obstacles that prevent this from happening. Life coaching is an investment you make in yourself to create the life you truly want. Once you start the coaching process, you may find that you start to awaken your mind to a new way of thinking and reacting about things. You become more aware of your self-beliefs, your values in life, your language, what you are feeding your mind, what makes you tick and how to handle challenges, to learn from mistakes, to let go of the past and to identify your triggers and much more. Commitment is key to coaching. When you are committed to your goal, you find the energy and motivation to keep going. You know what you want and coaching can facilitate you to get there.
What does a Life Coach do?
As a Life Coach my job is to:
- Ask probing questions in order to guide you to define what you want from life, your purpose and vision;
- Find out where you are and where you want to be;
- Observe and listen whilst drawing out from you solutions and strategies;
- Re-focus your energy from what you don’t want to what you do want;
- Facilitate you in setting more effective goals;
- Provide support at a time of change, challenge or transition; and
- Use NLP to get you to imagine just how good it is to feel happier now as you throw away any limiting beliefs and past pattern
What is the role of the client?
You have the solutions – only you know what is right for you.
As a client your role is to:
- Be honest with yourself and me;
- Accept feedback;
- Take personal responsibility for the changes you want to create;
- Bring an open mind;
- Be prepared to challenge yourself;
- Be open to change in your life; and
- Totally go for your goals!
What are the benefits of Life Coaching?
One of the primary benefits of Life Coaching and NLP is that you get to set goals and take action to get what you want. The sessions give you the opportunity to take responsibility for your life situation enabling you to get what you want from life.
Life Coaching and NLP allows you to:
- Re-focus on what is important to you;
- Use the tools, techniques and support structures provided to empower your life;
- Use the tools to move your life in the direction that you want;
- Take control of your life and take action;
- Create a more balanced life; and
- Increase your self awareness and self responsibility.
What is the difference between life coaching and therapy/counselling?
A life coach is not a therapist or counsellor. Life coaching is about the present and moving into the future. Therapy and Counselling is generally about focusing on the past. Life coaching does not look at the past except in the context where past patterns are identified which can help the client move forward or change a current behaviour pattern.
Life coaching focuses on facts, actions and measurable outcomes. In counselling and therapy, an area of the client’s life can be explored over a period of time. However, in coaching once a challenging behaviour has been identified, the client is encouraged to start thinking of a solution and taking action to improve the issue.
Life coaches do not give advice, as it is important to encourage and challenge the client to find their own solutions and actions to begin taking control of their own lives. While the coach is there to give honest feedback to the client and challenge the client’s self-limiting beliefs, the client should be encouraged to come up with their own solutions, which in the end is a much more empowering experience.
How long does a treatment last?
A treatment can last anywhere between 1 hour and 1 ¼ hour depending on the individual and the healing that is needed.
How many sessions are required?
To experience the full benefit of reiki I would recommend four to six full healing sessions. Usually enough to sort out stress, tension, anxiety, sleeplessness and emotional problems; physical stuff can take a little longer. However, it is completely dependent on the client on the number of treatment they wish to receive as each client is unique.
Some may find that they wish to receive reiki whenever they feel they need an energy boost or to maintain their current level of health. However, we can come up with a strategy that works for both your time available and your budget.
What type of reiki do you teach?
The Classic Usui system (Usui Shiki Ryoho) this refers to Reiki of the Hayashi lineage. This can include Reiki in the Hayashi- Takata Lineage. It is the most common practice of Reiki in the western world.
Can I have reiki if I am on medication?
Reiki is always totally complementary and therefore will adapt to the state of your body at that moment, thus always taking into account any treatment. With regard to medication, Reiki will reduce the severity of any possible side-effects. This can make other treatments and medication more effective.
Who can learn reiki?
Reiki does not depend on a person’s intellectual or spiritual capacity or state of development. Once a practitioner is Attuned, the healing energy flows through her/his hands (when they are being used for healing).
In workshops, we remember our natural abilities to heal with Reiki.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.
Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Most people start on the reiki path because they have benefited from a reiki healing or know someone who has. Those that learn reiki generally wish to help themselves to a better state of health. Some may have already experienced significant results from reiki healing and feel becoming a channel for the reiki energy is a natural progression for them. Those who wish to use reiki mostly on themselves and a few close family members generally find that first-degree reiki is sufficient for their needs. Those who wish to work in public practice should be attuned to at least second-degree reiki.
Do I have to believe in reiki in order for it to work?
No, you neither have to believe in Reiki or understand how it works to benefit. However, the receiver does have to want to helped. It may seem strange but some people don’t actually want to be rid of their illness! If this is the case then the Reiki won’t work.
Is reiki part of a religion?
Although Reiki energy is spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a religion. Practitioners are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may have. They are free to continue believing anything they choose and are encouraged to make their own decisions concerning the nature of their religious practices. If one chooses, Reiki can be an amazing tool for spiritual transformation within the context of one’s beliefs, whatever they might be. Not only is Reiki a tool for healing of the body, mind and spirit, it can become a way of living – living with an intention to have an open heart and to be a healing presence in every moment. One becomes a life long student of reiki.