Many people confuse life coaching with counseling/therapy. Dealing with significant mental, emotional, or psychological problems is the role of a counselor/therapist, often focusing on the past and on diagnosis. Life coaching is a partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

Patrick Williams, a psychologist for 28 years who moved into the coaching profession in 1990, helped to found the International Coaching Federation (ICF) in 1995. He says, “Therapy is about uncovering and recovering, while coaching is about discovering.” Paula Padget Baylor, trained counselor and coach explains that “coaches generally work with defining goals, formulating a plan that will use the client’s skills, holding the client accountable for progress, and providing structure, encouragement and support.”

Coaches draw out of clients the gold that is already on the inside of them. If you want your life to change dramatically, overcome road blocks, and soar to your future success, consider working with a life coach. You are worth the investment.