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What is a life coach?

INSITE MIND believes that having goals, strategies and actions are the key to a proactive mental health plan. With 1 in 5 people diagnosed with Mental Illness (1) and the World Health Organisation predicting it to be the #1 Health Concern by 2030(2), INSITE MIND works with individuals to create a positive life perspective through life coaching.

What is a Life Coach?

A life coach assists a person to make positive changes in one or more areas of their life over a period of time. These life areas fall within the categories of Business/Career, Health, Finance, Relationships, Emotions and Spirituality.

Does it help mental health?

Yes. Life coaching is a proactive approach to mental health. It helps clients actively look at all areas of their lives, identifying areas which they would like to make a change in, helping them move forward in a positive direction.

Who would I see a life coach?

People use life coaches for a wide variety of reasons. If you or your client needs help to:

  • Manage stress better
  • Become healthier (lose weight, stop smoking)
  • Balance their work and personal lives better
  • Kick start or rejuvenate a career
  • Redesign or find a direction in life
  • Enhance workplace effectiveness
  • Increased motivation & focus
  • Become more organised and manage life better
  • Increase their confidence in particular area
  • Achieve the best of their ability and potential
  • Set and obtain wanted goals
  • Communicate better with people

What is the difference between a life coach and a psychologist?

Both life coaches and psychologists occupy a professional helper role and both have structured, regular sessions, assign homework and work through an agenda. Whilst there are some similarities, there are also many important differences including:

  • Life coaching focuses on the future, not the past
  • People seek coaching because they want to change, not because they need to
  • Life coaching is based on facilitating rather than advising a client
  • A life coaching client is accountable for their actions and thus responsible for their success
  • Life coaching focuses on the paradigm of possibility not pathology
  • Life coaching use a ‘whole-person’ approach, focusing on the person rather than the condition
  • Life coaching can be delivered face-face, phone or via Skype

What is the difference in the cost a life coach and a psychologist?

The recommended Psychologist charges are $235 an hour with potential Medicare and Private Health Rebates.

Life Coaching ranges from $100-$125 an hour with affordable 6 week action plans around $249.

What is the process a life coach uses?

  1. Use diagnostic tools to identify areas of concern;
  2. Align client with their purpose;
  3. Consciously setting goals that are desired;
  4. Setting strategies to achieve those goals;
  5. Setting milestones to ensure client is on track;
  6. Setting action steps;
  7. Uncovering what’s in the way of achieving a goal and what has to be done differently in the future to achieve that goal; and
  8. Helping the client motivated o their journey of success.

INSITE MIND helps people get excited about life. If you are looking for a change in your life, you have lost direction, you may be stuck making a decision, you are unhappy in your life or are looking for stress management, contact Alisa at INSITE MIND on 0408 220 944 or send an email to alisa@insitemind.com.au

(1) Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 4326.0, 2007. ABS: Canberra.

(2) World Health Organisation (2008). The global burden of disease: 2004 update.