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What is Life Coaching?

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When I tell people I am a leadership coach, a version of a life coach, many aren’t familiar with this career field, so I figured I would provide some definitions of what we do!
So, life coaching is a practice that aims to help individuals improve various aspects of their lives and achieve personal or professional goals. A life coach is a trained professional who works with clients one-on-one or in group settings to assist them in identifying their aspirations, overcoming obstacles, and creating action plans to move forward. Yep, that’s me. 😉
Life coaching differs from therapy or counseling, as it focuses more on the present and future rather than delving into the past. While therapists may address mental health issues and help individuals heal from past traumas, life coaches primarily concentrate on the client’s current situation and future aspirations. They provide guidance, support, and accountability to help individuals clarify their goals, identify limiting beliefs or behaviors, develop strategies, and take action to create positive changes. Life Coaching is great for those who appreciate living in the present or want to.
Life coaches use various techniques and tools to facilitate personal growth and development. These may include active listening, powerful questioning, goal setting, visualization exercises, accountability structures, and action planning. They work collaboratively with clients to explore their values, strengths, and passions and help them gain clarity, build self-confidence, enhance decision-making skills, and improve overall life satisfaction. These are the core competencies of what an International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited coach practices. Currently, I am in the process of getting my Level 2 Accreditation.
Life coaching can cover many areas, including career development, relationships, health and wellness, personal finance, time management, and stress reduction. Some life coaches specialize in specific niches, such as executive coaching,
relationship coaching, or wellness coaching, tailoring their approach to the unique needs of their clients. I specialize in leadership coaching for women in business, but I am certified in transformation, career, confidence, and professional life coaching.
While life coaching and therapy can be used in concert, it’s important to note that life coaching is not a substitute for therapy or medical advice. If individuals require treatment for mental health conditions or have deep emotional issues, they should seek the help of a licensed therapist or healthcare professional.
I hope that helped those of you not familiar with life coaching now have a better understanding of this exciting profession. If you are interested in using life coaching in your own world, please contact me at or 805-265-3275 for a no-obligation, free strategy session to determine if we are a good fit or just have some questions. Thanks for reading, have a fantastic day!

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Nikki Gianni

The Leadership Architect™, Leadership Coach Nikki Gianni, was born & raised in Queens, New York. She has lived all over the country, currently living in Southern California with her 19-year-old son. Nikki spent 25 years with the Department of Defense in acquisition as an active-duty member and a civil servant. She was an award-winning executive-level leader for over 15 years and transformed organizations from zeros to heroes in record time, resulting in outstanding retention and performance. Nikki became a leadership coach and mentor to share her love of leading and to support new leaders reach their full potential as quickly as possible by providing them with the knowledge, training, and coaching they need to perform successfully with the decisive confidence every great leader needs.