Difference Between A Life Coach And Spiritual Coach

If you’re looking for a coach to help you on your path of personal development, you may wonder what kind of coach is right for you. Life coaches and spiritual coaches both guide individuals toward a more fulfilling and purpose-driven life, but their approaches and focuses differ. This article will delve into the distinctions between a life coach and a spiritual coach and help you understand which path might be the right fit for you.

First, let’s define the roles:

Life Coach:

A Life coach is someone who helps others improve, change or enhance some area of their life. Someone comes to a coach for example to change jobs, improve a relationship, lose weight or have better life balance. Life Coaching can include coaching around spirituality although it doesn’t have to. A Life Coach helps their client set goals, asks powerful questions, develops an action plan, and holds the client accountable to achieve those action steps week by week.

Spiritual Coach:

On the other hand, a spiritual coach is just like a Life Coach in that they also establish goals, ask questions, develop an action plan and hold the client accountable. A Spiritual Coach may also provide some Life Coaching and address all the areas of someone’s life

The difference between the Life Coach and Spiritual Coach is that the Spiritual Coach focuses on the client’s spiritual connection and applying their spirituality in their day-to-day life.

A Spiritual Coach may facilitate healing processes and tools and use certain strategies for coaching depending on the school they attended and the particular religious or spiritual approach they take. Some training programs are religiously based and may include prayers, scriptures, and reading religious texts or books. Some programs are universally based and focus on universal principles that apply to everyone regardless of religion or a particular spiritual path or tradition. Those training programs that are universally based tend to give tools for deepening one’s spiritual connection, developing a spiritual practice, using that spiritual connection or intuition for spiritual guidance and using spirituality for healing and creating greater peace of mind.

If you are deciding between becoming a Life Coach and Spiritual Coach, think about the nature of what you want your work to be about. Do you want to help someone with practical issues such as to clarify a new life or career direction, get organized, stay on track with goal etc. or do you want to help someone with more emotional, spiritual matters such as experiencing greater spiritual fulfillment, living their spiritual values, and helping them approach life from a spiritual perspective.

Some people specialize in Life Coaching but add on Spiritual Coaching later. Start with the focus that resonates with you the most and helps you move in the direction you’d like to go. Either way you go you will be helping people improve their lives and feel greatly satisfied with the results you get.

If you are interested in becoming a spiritual or life coach, Life Purpose Institute in San Diego, offers reputable certification programs for both types of coaching.

Fern founder of Life Purpose Institute
Fern Gorin, P.C.C.

Fern is the Founder and Director of the Life Purpose Institute, Inc. Before working as a coach; she was a mental health counselor, social worker, and career counselor. She developed her unique coaching method in 1984 and has assisted thousands of people in her coaching practice in making positive life and career changes. Fern developed a strong and compelling vision to help people discover their purpose, move forward in all areas of their life, and create a life they love.

After serving for many years as a Life Coach and licensed therapist in her private practice, she began training coaches internationally to perform this important work. Fern wrote and developed comprehensive manuals and materials for the Life Coach Certification and Spiritual Coach Training Programs.

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