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Life Coaching FAQs

What is a life coach? How can life coaching help you? How is it different than other helping professions? We’ve got you covered with these Life Coaching FAQs

What is life coaching?

Coaching is a client centered partnership.


The International Coaching Federation, defines coaching as:
“partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”


A professional coach is not a mentor, consultant, therapist, or advisor.

What is a Life Coach?

A professional coach is a partner in service of your change, growth, development and towards maximizing your potential. A professional coach will focus on forward momentum via action.

What is the difference between a Life Coach and a Therapist?

Therapy focuses on mental health and emotional healing – the past, while life coaching focuses on setting and achieving goals – the future.​

What is the difference between a Life Coach and a mentor or consultant?

A mentor or consultant strictly gives you advice and guidance based on their knowledge and past experiences; this works well in the corporate world when you need someone to tell you what the best practices are.

Life coaching is different in the sense that it is not advice-giving, but instead resource-mining. As life coaches, we believe you have the answers already and we’re here to help pull them out of you.

We’re not opposed to sharing strategies and ideas where we feel they may help you, but often times the client creates the best answers for themselves because it is based on what works well for them.
Life Coaching FAQs

How do I choose the right Life Coach?

We’re glad you asked! At the Best Life Coach Collective we believe that every coach and every client are unique and we’ve set out to help make the best match so you, as a client, can get the most out of coaching. Be sure to use the free discovery call many coaches offer (and is a requirement for Best Life Coach Collective coaches) to feel out what it’d be like to work with that coach. If you don’t feel it’s the right fit for you, that’s okay!

How much does it cost to hire a Life Coach?

Rates vary based on experience and backgrounds. Typically, booking a free discovery/intro call with a coach is the best way to learn about their unique experience and what they charge for their services. We recommend reaching out to a couple coaches you might be interested in working with to learn more.

I'm a Certified Life Coach, can I join the Best Life Coach Collective?

Our goal at the Best Life Coach Collective is to have a diverse network of coaches with different backgrounds, specialties, and approaches so clients can have a qualified list to choose from. For that to happen, we have a comprehensive application process to ensure the best quality of coaches for our clients. Learn more about the process and becoming a member here.

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