8 Myths About Life-Coaching

8 Myths About Life-Coaching

Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Executive Coach, Psychologist & Art Therapist

Myths are stories that help us develop our beliefs, culture and help us understand our world but there are many types of myths one being the kind in which we think understand something new but in reality we really don’t and those myths spread like wild-fire. Such myths can make people deprived of something truly great as with time these myths begin to sound very truth-like. Similarly, there are many myths about life coaching that we will discuss in this blog.

8 Myths about life coaching: 

  1. Coaching is the new therapy: This is a common misconception that coaching is the new form of therapy however this is not true. A landmark case was won that established coaching as a separate profession from therapy. However, you will notice that many therapists join the bandwagon and became coaches.
  2. Coaching cant be considered a real profession:This can be true maybe many years ago from now, just like any profession in its early days. Professions develop over time. Every profession starts with just a few practitioners. Eventually regulatory bodies like ICF come into being and standardize the process. Then coaching institutes came which provided this teaching to many others and coaching is now a legit profession.
  3. You can get away with anything in coaching:Since coaching isn’t regulated by the government it causes some confusion and people think you can get away with anything in coaching. However, fortunately there are regulatory bodies like ICF who have established ethical guidelines and best practices in coaching. If you are working with an ICF Certified Coach you can be certain that they are following the set ethics and ICF core competencies.
  4. Training isn’t needed for coaching: This depends on how successful you want to be as a coach. The ICF has been surveying for many years and have found out that coaches who have received coach-specific training are more likely to be successful and less likely to drop out of the profession. So, if you want to be a successful coach, get ICF accredited coach training which can be a lifetime investment.
  5. With a degree in Psychology you’re okay to coach: This isn’t true. You need to invest in an ICF accredited coach training program, most degrees in psychology or social work wont work.
  6. Clients don’t check if you are certified: Of course, they do, ICF surveyed actual coaching clients and asked them if they would prefer to work with a certified coach and 84% of them replied that they very much care if their coach is certified.
  7. Coaches know every answer: It is a common myth that coaches know everything. But that’s not true. Coaches are skilled to ask important coaching questions that stimulate the clients mind and help them find the answers themselves.
  8. Coaching is only for celebrities: As Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO once said, “everyone needs a coach” It’s a myth that only high-level executives, celebrities, movie stars and rich people need coaching. As the profession grows there are coaches that focus on all types of clients. Coaching is for everyone.

In the ancient times myths spread because there was too little information available. Nowadays myths are created for the opposite reason as there is too much information available and not sure which is true.

As a coach its your responsibility to spread the truth about coaching. Effective coaching can make the difference in this world where everyone has their own opinions about coaching. If you want to enroll in an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program sign up for one of our upcoming courses.


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