Having a Life Coach Is the New Therapy; This Is What You Need to Know

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“I’m seeing a life coach,” a friend told me over a glass of champagne at an event recently. The life coach in question has helped her transition from a career she didn’t feel fulfilled by to having the confidence to quit her job and start her own business. Unlike our grandparents and parents, who were more likely to have jobs for life, these days people morph, evolve and even entirely change their career paths throughout their working life.

Add in the fact that nowadays, with the rise of social media and impressive people shouting about their impressive slashie careers, it’s easy to feel as if you’re not doing enough. It’s also no secret that social media invites constant comparison—like we’ve all been entered into a competition we didn’t know about. Unsurprisingly therapy in the UK is on the rise, with 1.4 million people being referred by the NHS in 2017, a 32% rise from the year before.

Where therapy undoubtedly has a place, self-love coach Gina Swire tells me, “The way I see it, a therapist is more of a doctor who will diagnose illness and focus a lot on the past, traumas and core beliefs. Coaches are much more forward-thinking. [Of course, a] coach will certainly revisit the past with a view to leverage happiness and success [for the future],” she adds.

Intrigued? I caught up with Swire and Comparison Coach Lucy Sheridan to find out why people employ life coaches, how they help and some tips you can utilise today.