What Integrative Life Coaching Is (and Isn’t)
Updated: Aug 7
Since transitioning my practice from individual, couple and relationship counseling to life coaching, I've had past, prospective, and current clients ask me what the difference is. So I thought I would write a little bit about what coaching is, what it is not, and when to seek either.
Integrative life coaching is a collaborative and empowering process designed to support individuals in achieving their personal and professional goals while integrating aspects of the mind, body, and spirit or personal energy.
A life coach serves as a guide and facilitator, helping clients gain clarity, develop action plans, and overcome obstacles to create positive changes in their lives. Through active listening, asking powerful questions, and providing objective feedback, a life coach empowers clients to tap into their strengths, honor and take action on their potential, and navigate their unique path to success and fulfillment. Everyone's paths have similarities and differences, and Integrative Life Coaching meets you where you are at.
Life coaching is not therapy or counseling. It does not focus on diagnosing or treating mental health disorders or unresolved trauma. Life coaching does not dwell on the past or seek to provide solutions or advice for issues related to mental health.
Instead, it is a present and forward-focused, action-oriented process that helps individuals set and achieve meaningful goals, enhance personal growth, and create a more fulfilling life. While a life coach may provide support and motivation, they do not make decisions for their clients or impose their own personal values or beliefs. Life coaching cannot be billed to health insurance but can potentially be reimbursed if you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) and if it's specifically covered under your plan.
The specific role of a life coach is to empower clients to discover their own answers, tap into their inner wisdom, and take inspired action towards their desired outcomes.
Life coaching is a collaborative partnership that empowers individuals to unlock their potential, set and achieve goals, and create a life they love. It is not therapy, counseling, or consulting, but a distinct and powerful approach that focuses on personal growth, goal attainment, and creating positive change.
While I possess an advanced degree in psychology and have received training in providing psychotherapy, it is important to note that I do not offer therapy services, specifically. While coaching can be therapeutic in nature, it is not therapy. If you require therapeutic interventions, I am happy to provide referrals and recommendations to qualified professionals in the therapy field.
I genuinely value many modalities of healing and recognize that coaching and therapy can work hand in hand as complementary tools for personal growth and healing. Integrative Life Coaching can also be a natural next step after "graduating" from psychotherapy.
My focus as a coach is to empower you in setting and achieving your goals, fostering personal development, and supporting positive change in your life.
In coaching, whether you are seeking to improve your fulfillment with daily activities, specific circumstances, transitions, dating, relationships, or career (or all or more!) you are officially invited to embark on an empowering journey into the life and experiences you desire.
Through integrative coaching, you can overcome obstacles, conquer challenges, and cultivate a profound sense of wholeness, self-worth, self-love, and grounded confidence through change.
If you're interested in coaching, take this short quiz:
1. Do you see yourself desiring change in your life?
2. Do you have goals you want to achieve?
3. Are you ready to take steps to improve aspects of your life?
4. Do you know you are worthy of realizing your desires and goals?
5. Would it be helpful to have a supportive space to work through obstacles?
6. Would you like help with creating a plan of action for change?
7. Would it be helpful to learn tools that are personalized to your goals?
8. Could having support help keep you on track and maintain your focus to achieve success?
If you have answered yes to all, half, or most of these questions, coaching may be a natural supportive next step.
If and when you’ve decided that coaching is the next right step, reach out. Just like all therapists are different and bring a different vibe, so do coaches. Visit www.wholebeingalchemy.com and send a message to schedule a free discovery session. We'll learn more about your goals and see if we'd be a great fit to work together.
Through personalized coaching, we'll explore and align with your unique aspirations and objectives. I will serve as a facilitator of change, guiding you towards a fuller expression of yourself and your true potential in a safe and compassionate space. It is my passion to help you transcend limitations, embrace your inner strength, and navigate life's challenges with grace and resilience. Through our work together, you will discover a deeper connection with yourself, gain clarity, and develop practical tools and strategies to create positive change.
I invite you on a transformative journey of self-discovery and personal empowerment.
Unlock your untapped potential, awaken your authentic self, and create a life that aligns with your deepest desires and aspirations.
About the Author
I am Stephanie Moberg, M.A., an integrative life coach and intuitive energy practitioner. With a master's degree in psychology specializing in child, couple, and family therapy, along with a bachelor's degree in health psychology, I have built a strong foundation in the coaching field. Over the course of 18 years plus, I have gained extensive experience in the mental health and research fields, enriching my practice and integrating a wealth of knowledge into my work with clients.
Since a young age, I have nurtured a deep connection with my intuition, and I now utilize this gift to provide personalized support to my clients. Drawing upon my profound understanding of energy and intuition, I empower each individual by equipping them with practical and customized tools and techniques for their personal growth and transformation.
In my coaching practice, I prioritize creating a safe and compassionate environment, offering a nurturing space where clients can openly explore and overcome obstacles, thoughts, emotions, and challenges. My approach revolves around facilitating alignment with your goals and personal well-being. I am dedicated to providing invaluable guidance to those who are navigating their unique life's journey. Together, we can embark on a transformative path towards self-discovery, empowerment, and fulfillment. Visit www.wholebeingalchemy.com for more information.