What Should I Look for in a Holistic Life Coach?
Because you would spend a lot of one-on-one time with your holistic life coach, not to mention trusting him with your goals, make sure the two of you are a good match. You should be comfortable sharing your life’s vision with him. And you should feel strongly that he’ll help you achieve that vision.
You may also want to consider a person with certification from the Spencer Institute. Holistic life coaches who studied at the Spencer Institute get training and mentoring. The Spencer Institute is a professional coaching school, is a California licensed corporation, and accredited by The Certification and Accreditation Board of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). But the industry doesn’t have regulations. That means anyone can call himself a holistic life coach, without Spencer Institute certification or even any real training.
Before you sign up for any coaching sessions, interview a few potential holistic life coaches. Ask how they usually work with clients. Ask for references so you can get a sense of their personality and style and whether they fit with yours.
A holistic life coach is usually not a licensed health care professional, and their services probably won’t be covered by health insurance.
A holistic life coach is also different from a psychotherapist, who is a mental health care professional with training in medicine, psychology, nursing, or social work. If you think that depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems may be getting in the way of realizing your goals, then you may want to talk with a licensed mental health professional before you hire a coach.