What is Family & Individual Life Coaching?
Life doesn’t come with a handbook. As cliche as this is, it is a cliche for a reason. While there are fantastic resources available online, there are nearly too many and many have conflicting information.
In school we are taught math, english, sciences, P.E., etc. We are typically not taught how to appropriately set realistic goals, plan for the future, meet a partner, engage in healthy relationships, communicate effectively, manage transitions and stress, or raise a family. These are things that seem to be expected to come naturally or through trial and error. While many things are learned “on the job,” sometimes it can be helpful to have a little extra help and some additional tools and skills to make things easier. This is where Family & Individual Life Coaching comes in.
Life coaching has been found to have a significant impact on client goal setting and time spent trying to achieve a goal (see studies in resources below). There are many different types of life coaches out there, some specialize in business, families, relationships, personal issues, and more.
Coaching is not a therapy service and is not appropriate for complex mental and emotional health issues such as trauma, PTSD, addiction, eating disorders, and abuse. These are best treated by a licensed LMFT, Psychologist, LSW, counselor, or psychotherapist. Coaching is also not typically covered by health insurance.
Clients often include families or individuals who are in crisis, are experiencing communication concerns, couples needing premarital coaching, new/expecting parents, adoptive parents, and those who need help coping with a difficult transition. These are only a few of the potential situations that might benefit from a little extra assistance. A Family Life Coach might meet with the entire family, just the parents, just the kids, or a combination.
What is a Family & Individual Life Coach at Spark?
At Spark Therapies, our Family & Individual Life Coach has received specific undergraduate and graduate training in human development, sociology, communication, and family relationships. Our coach is also currently working toward a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy.
A Family & Individual Life Coach is prepared to help clients who face issues such as:
- New parent challenges.
- Teen pregnancy.
- School dropout prevention.
- Anger or stress management.
- Goal setting & future planning.
- Poor communication.
- Marriage challenges.
- Life transitions.
- Family communication.
- Self Esteem.
- Parenting issues for different stages including:
- Separation anxiety, depression, or discipline.
Family and Individual Life Coaching at Spark Therapies.
Coaching at Spark can occur over the phone, via an internet service (i.e. FaceTime or Skype), or in person at our Grantham office. Sessions are typically 30-45 minutes once per week, though our coach is available more often and via text, email, or phone outside of your scheduled time to best support your needs.
Spark Therapies provides free initial meetings and evaluations over the phone or in office with our Family Life Coach. These meetings are typically 45-60 minutes and are a no-pressure conversation to go over your concerns and see if family or individual life coaching is a good fit for you or your family.
Our approach to life coaching follows a post-modern solution-based, narrative session style where you and your coach work together to understand your story and how your ideal future goals fit into it. For sessions involving children, the coach may work with the child or children in our sensory gym, library, or even outside if the weather allows. This in-person play setting has been found to be beneficial for children with excess energy, have difficulties communicating or understanding their feelings, or who may struggle with shyness.
The goal of coaching is to identify areas of improvement, locate areas of strength, identify your goals, and make shifts to put you in control of your life.
To schedule a free first appointment, assessment or learn more about our family life coaching services, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 603-843-8462.