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Life and Wellness Coaches

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What Happens During Life and Wellness Coaching Sessions?

First, you'll sit down with your life coach or wellness coach over the phone or in person. The sessions will range from 15 minutes to an hour. During that time you'll talk about what you want to accomplish.

Through the questions your coach asks, together you'll define your goals and the challenges that could stand in your way. Then you'll outline the steps you'll need to take to achieve those goals.

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.

How Do I Find a Life or Wellness Coach?

Like many industries, coaching has a certification process. The International Coach Federation (ICF) is an organization that sets and monitors standards for professional coaches.

Schools that are accredited by the ICF provide coaches training and mentoring. But the industry is still not standardized, so not all coaches are required to be certified. That means just about anyone can call himself or herself a life or wellness coach, without any real training to back up the claim.

Because you're going to be spending 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 your coach. And you should feel secure that your coach will help you achieve that vision.

Before you sign on for any coaching sessions, interview a few prospective life or wellness coaches. Ask how the coach typically works with clients. Also ask for references so you can get a sense of the coach's personality and style and whether they fit with yours.

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on August 07, 2012
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