What is a Life Coach?
Although you may have heard various descriptions about what a life coach is, I’d like to dispel some myths and clarify what a life coach actually does.
A life coach seeks to elicit solutions and strategies from the client, as they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support and enhance skills, resources and creativity that the client already has. You may be tired of doing what you “ should” do and are ready to do something special and meaningful for the rest of your life. The problem is, you may not yet be able to visualize what your new life would be, or if you can you may not see a way to reorient your life around making that vision a reality. A life coach can help you do both. To put it simply, life coaching is oriented towards the present and future. In the coaching process, you will explore events, learnings and challenges from the past, but the process will not linger there. The lessons from the your past will be applied to ways you can make positive changes moving forward to a more satisfying and fulfilling life, no matter what area you feel needs changing.
You may feel you should be able to accomplish goals on your own, but you may be getting sidetracked by your limiting beliefs about what’s possible for you, in either your personal and professional life, or in your significant relationship. You may simply feel overwhelmed by all that life demands. As a result, even though you may know what to do, you may feel unable to take action. As a life coach, I can help you to get more clarity and see new possibilities, and I will help you formulate a plan to move forward toward a more fulfilling life. If you are in a difficult transition in your life and you are having trouble deciding which way to go because you are unsure of what you truly feel, a life coach can help you discover what is already within you — your passion, your motivation, the solution to living your right life, and the courage to take action.
Dr. Charlotte M.Pyschoanalyst
I enjoyed working with Cathy. The structure of the questions were very helpful to bring awareness of professional and personal issues that were gently addressed with Cathy's skillful approach. She is both curious and supportive, a healthy stance to take which helps the client to realize their own potential to grow.
Mary KCostume Designer
Cathy Arden was referred to me as a Life Coach when I began the process of separation from my partner. I was skeptical at first, as I had had some positive, and some not so positive experiences with therapy in the past. And what is a “Life Coach” anyway? I thought my sister and friends had enough good sense to help me get through this terrifying period.
After discussing the particulars of my situation, Cathy offered some suggestions to help me get through the initial steps of mediation. She gave me some simple tools to use when I felt out of control, frightened and confused. Cathy is a terrific listener, and always made sure I was clear about what she heard and how I felt when she reiterated these scenarios back to me. She has been an incredible advocate, and has helped me focus on the positive aspects of this life changing experience.
I sought Cathy’s help shortly after a time of major transition in my life. After going through a divorce and with my primary role of Mom less relevant with my children recently graduated and starting their own careers, I felt a little directionless. I was confused about where to go professionally and personally. Cathy helped me to discover my “essential self” and the discoveries I made in this process helped to guide my direction. I was able to make big decisions and move forward. I feel great about where I am right now and about my ability to think about life in these new terms. Cathy showed a remarkable ability to help me transform everything I told her into insights that helped me to determine a plan. I would strongly recommend Cathy as a life coach and I’d definitely call her if I needed help again sorting through thoughts and life decisions.
Anya K.Certified Holistic Health Coach
What I've learned from Cathy is that in order to truly grasp our own personal goals, fears & potential, it is imperative to look within ourselves. Cathy’s techniques allow you to fully evaluate your true feelings about any situation, without the influence of other people's opinions or what popular culture exemplifies. Finding true happiness is attainable when you are honest with yourself. Only then will you be able to make the choices that are right for you and be able to fulfill your true potential. If you are struggling with making a difficult choice in your life or just feel you need some guidance, Cathy will open your eyes up to what truly matters to you and what you can do about it.
Nina MMarketing Director
I was thinking about it today and I realized that part of what stimulated all this change for my husband and I was when I read the questions in Cathy's Client Introduction Form that was sent to me in advance of starting coaching sessions. Just reading the questions and thinking about how I would answer them gave me the initial realization that my life didn't look like I wanted it to, and I needed to make changes. So thank you, Cathy, for beginning me on this new journey. I am excited and ready for it!