Counsellor training is not found in every life coach school, but having a background in counselling is invaluable to becoming a successful life coach. Studying both fields can give you an enriched skillset, a fuller understanding of your coaching practice, and real-world opportunities you might not get with life coach training alone. Here are 3 reasons why a counselling school is the ideal place for you to launch your own meaningful life coach career.
1. Counselling Skills Will Enhance Your Professional Life Coach Skillset
Professional counsellors and life coaches all fall within the “helping professional” spectrum. According to Canadian life coach and counsellor Elaine Connolly, the difference between these professions is a life coach’s ability to help their clients aim higher. She says counsellors typically work to help clients achieve their “optimal functioning” by overcoming specific emotional and behavioural problems and healing themselves through therapy. Life coaches take this further, by helping clients move toward even “higher function,” creating a life that is purposeful, focused, and spiritually fulfilling. Successful life coaches use counselling techniques (from active listening to motivational interviewing and beyond) as these are valuable tools for helping clients to recognize and overcome their challenges. Through counselling training, they develop the intuitive, non-judgemental, encouraging, and trustworthy nature every helping professional needs to truly assist clients with positive life changes. If you pursue this path, a life coach school which also supplies basic counselling skills, will not only prepare you be an effective coach, you will also be able to assist other through trauma and abuse, addictions, family and relationship problems, and more. With this well-rounded skillset you’ll be ready to launch your career as powerful coach.
2. Counselling Courses Can Better Prepare You to Run a Life Coaching Business
Can you see yourself working in an organization or conducting, a wellness retreat, or even running your very own life coaching business? All of these paths are open to those with life coach training, especially with the addition of counselling courses. Since many life coaches and counsellors go on to launch their own businesses, all our diploma programs include specific lessons on how to run a professional counselling or coaching practice. At Rhodes Wellness College, students can prepare to operate their own practices or work within an organization in a variety of counselling, coaching or group leadership positions. Starting your life coach career with training in time management, professionalism, report writing, and documentation, marketing, networking, ethics, and more places you on-track for the lasting, secure coaching career that you will find rewarding and enriching.
3. You Can Get Real-World Counselling Experience in Life Coach School
At Rhodes College, our life coach diploma students enjoy putting their lessons into practice at the Rhodes Counselling Center. The Centre is a multidisciplinary space where our students engage in peer-to-peer counselling, meet with real-world clients, build up their practical experience, and begin to lay the foundations of their professional career networks. After reaping the benefits of our life coaching school and it’s experiential learning process, you’ll begin to value the addition of counselling services all provided in a safe and supportive environment. As Rhodes Wellness College instructor Greg Gurel puts it, you’ll help others “on a mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual level to take charge of their own lives.”