As a coach, I’ve been asked this question many times: “How does life coaching work?”

I don’t think this can be answered simply. Many factors influence the ways that different life coaches work with their clients. For example, the type and depth of a coach’s training can play a major part. Additionally, the coaching industry is unregulated, meaning that anyone can start a coaching business. Life coaches without accredited training (such as is approved by the International Coach Federation) might have very different offers to those trained by reputable organisations.

However, I have outlined some factors that I think are quite common between coaches who have training in line with coaching best practices.