First off, Life Coaching as a profession, is really only in its second decade. Freud goes back a lot further.
Life Coaching evolved as our understanding of psychology, holistic health, neurology and the unconscious advanced to such a degree, that we could now mobilize Life Coaching as a profession different than conventional psychotherapy.
How is it Different from Conventional Psychotherapy?
The Life Coaching Model is a Guidance Model. A Life Coach helps you bring to light those underlying beliefs, values, past decisions, memories, or relationship patterns as they may relate to your existing challenge.
Once you present the Life Coach with your current challenge, you co-create together in connecting with the root cause of the thought or behavioral pattern that is keeping you uncomfortably stuck.
Conventional Therapy is much less co-creative. In Life Coaching, YOU are the Leader, I am the Guide!
Think of it This Way
If you wanted to embark on a trek deep into the North Woods, you would want to hire a guide. Especially, a guide who had been to the North Woods many times before. Your trek is your path though, so you and the coach “clear the brush” together as you create your own path through the wondrous North Woods. You tell the coach where you want to go. For example, YOU may want to go into a new career, into a better way of handling conflict with your boss or your significant other, into a less stressful life-style, etc..
If a scary looking bear shows up on your path, you would want a Life Coach, or Guide, to help you startle the bear (maybe an old belief based on a past event that doesn’t work in the light of the present day), and then the bear can be released and disappear back into the Netherlands from whence it came!
Releasing Fear as a means to Growth
The essence of releasing fear lies in courage, self worth and self love.
Our deepest self, longs for greater choice and self expansion.
The bears, or obstacles, we experience when we are stuck in limited choice, are only a means to greater boldness, greater personal growth, greater happiness and joy! One could even take the perspective that these obstacles are a gift and overcoming them is the journey back to self!
Bears mean “under construction”. If you are somewhere on your life journey and have hit upon some bears in the road, they may resemble permanent fixtures in your unconscious mind, weaving uncomfortable patterns of thoughts, emotions and actions as you repeatedly detour around them. However, you are not stuck, you are merely “under construction”.
If feeling stuck in uncomfortable bear-like detours is your challenge, I invite you to experience Life Coaching with me as your Guide. Together we can dissolve the bear patterns and YOU can be free to move on YOUR own sacred life journey through the North Woods or WHEREVER YOU WANT TO GO!