A lot of posts about the various types of life coaching focus on the area or niche in which the coach specializes. You have mindfulness coaches, relationship coaches, executive coaches, life coaches, and so on. However, it’s more useful to consider types of life coaches by way of how (not what) they coach.
The way you coach makes up the type of coach you are. And any kind of coach can work with people in a variety of areas (mindfulness, relationships, leadership, etc…).
At the iNLP Center we teach several styles of coaching. Among them:
ICF Life Coaching
The International Coach Federation is branded as the gold standard of life coaching. And it lives up to the name by being the largest, most credible, and organized life coach accrediting body.
ICF has a style all their own, which many people consider the one and only, true-blue coaching methodology. That’s not the case but ICF does a great job maintaining its brand.
NLP has been around longer than ICF and is one of the original non-clinical forms of working with others. Since the early days of NLP, it’s enthusiasts have systematically rejected mainstream mental health in favor of a more coach-like stance. No diagnoses. All practical.
And no other model reveals more actionable insight into the workings (and reprogramming) of the unconscious mind.
Inner Dynamics Coaching
Parts coaching, assuming that we are all made of various personality parts that often sport conflicting agendas. At the iNLP Center, we call this kind of coaching Inner Dynamics.
This is freestyle coaching in which the coach pays particular attention to whichever thoughts and impressions arise naturally in response to what the client says. Within reason, the coach just shares and awaits the clients response. Round and round we go.
This type of coaching allows for subject matter expertise in that the coach offers ideas and advice based on his or her training and experience. A consultative coach worries less about drawing out the client’s expertise and solutions in favor of offering them directly.
Educational coaching usually accompanies a course of some kind. Clients access and work through the course and then receive coaching in order to clarify and apply any new learning.