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You'll have homework assignments -- things to think about or do between coaching sessions to work toward your goals. You might need to write in a journal or create "action plans" of things you want to accomplish.

Your life coach or wellness coach will offer support and guidance along the way. And your coach will hold you accountable for achieving your goals.

You'll work with your coach for a period of a few months or longer. The time frame depends on how often you meet and what you're hoping to accomplish.

The cost of coaching can vary. According to company web sites, a coaching session can cost from about $100 to $300 an hour or $300 to $1,000 a month.

What Should I Look for in a Life or Wellness Coach?

Because you would spend a lot of one-on-one time with your coach, not to mention trusting him or her with your goals, make sure the two of you are a good match. You should be comfortable sharing your life's vision with her. And you should feel strongly that she’ll help you achieve that vision.

You may also want to consider a person with certification from ICF. Coaches who studied in ICF-approved programs get training and mentoring. The ICF also sets professional standards for them. But the industry doesn’t have regulations. That means anyone can call himself a life or wellness coach, without ICF certification or even any real training.

Before you sign on for any coaching sessions, interview a few potential life or wellness coaches. Ask how they usually work with clients. Ask for references so you can get a sense of their personality and style and whether they fit with yours.

A life or wellness coach is usually not a licensed health care professional, and their services probably won’t be covered by health insurance.

A coach is also different from a psychotherapist, who is a mental health care professional with training in medicine, psychology, nursing, or social work. If you think that depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems may be getting in the way of realizing your goals, then you may want to talk with a licensed mental health professional before you hire a coach.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on September 09, 2014
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