Life Coaching Guide: The Basics

First of all… What is a Life coach and what do they do?

A life coach is person who helps you reach a goal and achieve positive change in your life.

They complete this process by asking questions that help you evaluate and decide which steps to take in order to reach your goal or make an important change.

  • They help you achieve your goals
  • Guide you through changes and obstacles
  • Teach you how to make the right decisions for yourself

Life Coach vs. Counseling

So what’s the difference between life coaching and counseling?  There are a few key differences to keep in mind. Mainly, life coaches do not treat issues like depression, anxiety, or mental illnesses. It’s really important to realize that when you sign up for life coaching, you will not be getting a therapist. Life coaches do not practice psychiatry or medicine and are simply there to guide you, not tell you what to do.

What aspects of my life can a life coach assist with?

To understand what problems a life coach can help you with, think of it this way… While therapy focuses on helping people with psychological disorders live more normal lives, life coaching helps normal people live extraordinary lives.

Here are some of the areas of life coach can assist you with…

  • Confidence, Self-worth & Self Esteem
  • Loving Relationships
  • Career Change – Creating Workplaces That Work
  • The Mastery of Balance – Juggling a Life
  • Self-Care – Getting Your Own Needs Met
  • Living Your Purpose
  • Managing Anger, Upsets, Frustration and Stress
  • Managing Grief, Loss, Sadness and Change
  • Connection Parenting
  • Self & Identity – Surviving the Oppressive Over-Culture
  • Homesteading, Environmental Activism & Permaculture
  • Creativity & Art
  • Food, Nutrition, & Optimal Health

What Does Coaching Cost?

The amount you will pay for life coaching assistance will depend on a few different factors. You may be able to find coaches offering rates as low as $50 per hour and many coaches understand that finances are a struggle and are willing to work with their clients by offering low rates or packages. Ultimately it will depend on the length and frequency of your sessions as well as the variety of types of coaching and the pricing differences in certain areas and regions.


Keep in mind some life coaches are certified while others are not. In most places there are no federal regulations or credentialing requirements to become a life coach. This doesn’t mean that the service will not be good. However, without a certification or at least references, there is no way to guarantee the quality of their service. So, when selecting a coaching specialist, be sure to choose someone with a reputable client base or references.  Or if it feels right, perhaps give it a trial session first.

Interested in becoming a life coach?

Do you have that special knack for listening and helping others? Then perhaps life coaching could be your calling! Being a life coach can be a highly lucrative and rewarding career for the right individuals.Get certified with a coaching certification and begin life coaching others.