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Holistic Coaching. The new form of coaching?

One week finished of WBECS (world business & executive coaching summit) and something that has been mentioned that really got me thinking a little more about the whole coaching industry and of course the part I play in it.

As coaches and quite rightly so, we are encouraged to niche down. No one can master everything a life coach can do. It’s impossible and any coach that says that they can work through everything with you is just, well, not being real.

My niche is mindset and creating a life-changing impact, as I fully believe that everything starts in the mind. Our thoughts, emotions and reactions.

As I have gone through WBECS this past week I have noticed that many top coaches niche down within their niche. Really get to the heart of their topic. I questioned myself do I really need to niche down more?

Then it happened… Holistic coaching is the new future of coaching.

A holistic coach works with individuals who wish to achieve more flow and balance in their life. By exploring, and accepting, each individual’s unique attributes, experiences, creative thinking and personal requirements a holistic coach is able to guide, motivate and inspire positive life changes.

Unlike more traditional approaches to coaching, holistic coaching allows for deeper exploration and understanding of the inner interferences that create emotional blocks and hurdles. In order to overcome long-standing emotional issues healing is sometimes incorporated into the holistic coaching process.

Holistic coaching offers a supportive, guiding process that helps individuals understand life from a different perspective.

Do I completely agree with this statement that holistic coaching is the way that the industry is going? I am not too sure but coaches certainly need to be aware of how the body, mind and spirit all function together.

We have to remember that holistic coaching is not therapy. No coach should ever go anywhere near anything that requires therapy unless they are fully qualified to do so.

Whilst the holistic coaching process can help individuals improve emotional wellbeing, help with rehabilitation and generally inspire positive thought and direction, this form of coaching does not focus on working through long-standing issues and problems. By focusing on the entire individual, however, work/life balance can be addressed and restrictive behaviour patterns and habits can be rectified and improved. Fresh and inspired motivation for life will also be created, and a healthier attitude to living will become the result individuals aim for from the coaching sessions.

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