Frequently Asked Questions
about Personal Life Coaching


Who should call on a life coach?

What makes you think you can improve my life?

Isn't life coaching something like therapy or consulting?

Isn't life coaching too touchy-feely?

Are there any professional coaching standards?

How do I choose a coach that is right for me?

Where does coaching take place?

How do I get started?


Who should call on a life coach?

Life coaching is not for everyone. If you live a perfect and balanced life, life coaching is probably not for you. Coaching is also not for those who are clinically depressed, or anyone who suffers from an anxiety disorder or any other psychiatric problem.

Life coaching is for you if you're ready to take full responsibility for your life. Coaching is for you if you're ready to take ownership of your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Life coaching is for you if want to become a conscious creator and participant in both the causes and consequences of your life's experiences. Life coaching is for you if you want to be more positive, take action and create a life you love and deserve.


What makes you think you can improve my life?

There are many life coaching critics out there. Many of those people have never experienced a life coaching session with a qualified and certified coach, so you should not pay too much attention to their opinions. Many of them are often the same nagative individuals who like to grumble and groan about everything else in life, and dwell in negativity rather than create new possibilities.

Life coaching is about honoring the past, celebrating the present, and realizing (to make real) the future, starting today! Personal development coaching offers the opportunity to explore what is really possible and the means to achieve that.

Coaching is so much more that goal setting and completing to-do lists or completing some kind of project. Eventually we'll get to the 'hard' stuff, the real stuff, and the places we are often unwilling to go. My coaching clients will agree with me that these are usually the places that provide the greatest opportunities to grow. Life coaching creates the space for those personal breakthrough moments to happen.

Coaching will help and support you to:

  • Create compelling goals  
  • Increase your self-confidence and build a healthier self-esteem  
  • Overcome personal barriers and reduce conflict 
  • Improve decision-making skills  
  • Experience greater personal fulfillment  
  • Keep yourself on track 
  • Get the results you really want  
  • Communicate more effectively 
  • Unleash your creative potential 
  • Create a betterlife/work balance 
  • Learn new tools to enhance your personal development and business success 


Isn't life coaching something like therapy or consulting?

Like consulting, coaching is outcome oriented, dealing with vision and action. The major difference is that a coach does not provide expertise and solutions. A coach operates from the belief that clients have all the resources they need, including the ability to discover and utilize those resources.

Like therapy, coaching is client centered and individual. While therapy goes in depth about various issues, usually dealing with the past, coaching is more action-oriented and focuses primarily on the present state and desired future outcome or result.

As a certified life coach, I usually don't get too much involved in the story, rather than the underlying issues. (such as erroneous or limiting self beliefs)

Isn't life coaching too touchy-feely?

Masterful coaching is about asking powerful and sometimes difficult questions, and this evokes emotions.

Since emotion drives human behavior, any coaching program that dismisses the emotional component will fail over time.


Are there any professional coaching standards?

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the leading organization that sets and monitors the international standards for professional coaching ethics, training and practices. As a member and Professional Coach of the International Coach Federation I commit to adhere to the ICF Standards of Ethical Conduct.

To read about the ICF Professional Coaching Standards please click here


What can I expect from working with a life coach?

Every coach has his or her own personal style. I use a synthesis of different strategies adopted from current professional coaching models (The Inner Game, G.R.O.W., Co-Active Coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Positive Psychology) together with insights from business and philosophy.

Core coaching competencies include listening, intuition, feedback, curiosity, action, learning, feedback, perspective and self-management.

My intention and goal as a personal coach is to

  • provide you with the tools and strategies to create the results you want
  • challenge and motivate you to take action toward your goals
  • improve your critical thinking ability to enhance your decision making skills
  • provide feedback, support and accountability
  • help your overcome mental barriers and self-limiting beliefs
  • improve your self confidence and authentic sense of self
  • create a compelling vision for your future with clear action steps


How do I choose a coach that is right for me?

Before deciding to work with a coach, think about the outcomes you want. Do you want more focus on your career or your relationships, your work-life balance, or something more specific?

When choosing a personal life coach, career or business coach, there are four very important things for you to consider:

1) Professional qualification or Certification:

Certification is very important, because personal coaching is a profession that requires very specific skills, conduct standards, and a foundation of training which is only taught at qualified schools and organizations

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the largest worldwide resource for business and personal coaches. The ICF is the organization that sets and monitors the international standards for professional coaching ethics, training and practices. I'm a professional member of the ICF.

2) References:

Ask for references. I have references available upon request. In addition, you can read some testimonials on the my website.

3) Commitment:

I recommend you look for a full-time coach because it typically takes several hundred hours of practice to master the skills of professional coaching.

4)  Synergy:

An effective life coach for one person may not be a good match for another. Personal chemistry is important. I offer everyone an introduction coaching session, so you can see for yourself what coaching is all about and find out if you feel comfortable enough to develop the trust and confidence necessary for breakthrough coaching.

At the end, trust your 'gut' feeling in this process.


Where does coaching take place?

Some coaches work in person, while others prefer  to work over the telephone, so it is well suited to professionals' busy lives. Some coaches also use e-mail as a means of communication. Often the coach doesn't live in the same community or even the same part of the country as the client. To many, this is seen as an advantage. It puts the coach well outside the system within which the client lives and works, and provides a sense of distance, objectivity and perspective.

Most of my personal coaching sessions are either in person or over the phone. For my international coaching clients, I use Skype to connect.

Over the phone life coaching services is provided but not limited to the following metropolitan areas: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Houston, Miami, Washington DC, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Baltimore, Denver, Pittsburgh, Portland, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

Check Coaching Fees And Package for over the telephone coaching fees.


How do I get started?

Vist the "About Us" Page on this site and schedule a free and complimentary coaching introduction with one of our expert coaches.




life coaching testimonials


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  • Founder Dieter Pauwels International
  • Creator of the Active Shift ® Coaching Program
  • Life Strategy Coach
  • Career Consultant
  • Next Level Business Strategist


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