Life Coach Training
Is training or certification as a life coach good for professionals, such as doctors, dentists, chiropractors, or psychologists? Would this add to the effectiveness of these disciplines? Would it add to the quality of life of both practitioners and patients?
The short answer to all of the above is yes.
Life coaching – by the very definition of the term – is all about life itself. Life coaching is all about listening, finding out where the client wants to go, or what the client wants to achieve, then providing feedback and support to help them get or achieve their stated goal or goals.
A professional, on the other hand, is concerned with finding out the source of pain or discomfort through diagnosis and treatment, then setting the “goal” of resolving this pain/discomfort. Normally there is little leeway here; either the professional solves and cures the problem, or he or she doesn’t and the patient goes elsewhere. It’s that simple, right?
There are various stages of “cure” that a doctor, dentist, chiropractor or psychologist may often miss . . . and that is the underlying – and often subconscious – motivation that drives the patient.
Motivation: A Major Factor
Does the patient, for example really want to get rid of his shoulder pain? Or is it a message from the body that he is “carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders” and should simply stop!? What would be the actual “goal” of treatment for this person?
Obviously, it may take more than simply talking to the person to alleviate the pain. But sometimes simple actions can bring about miracles. So what’s the answer? And how can a professional use the “talk therapy” inherent in life coaching to assist his or her patient to realize the real goal of treatment?
Here are a few suggestions:
Medical doctors ideally treat the causes and symptoms of a disease or infirmity using drugs, surgery, or perhaps some alternatives to these. Life coach training can add to the medical doctor’s arsenal of methods to care for patients. By simply digging a bit further to discover what is lacking to create this shoulder pain – while adding palliative treatment modalities, e.g., pain pills or TNS treatments, the doctor can add tremendous value to his or her patient and bring about lasting results.
Chiropractors are more directly involved in helping folks with neck, back and shoulder pain. However, even with all his tools, a chiropractor can miss the underlying motivation, and will risk becoming – like the medical doctor – simply an aspirin for the patient’s pain instead of a means for the patient to discover the underlying mental/emotional cause, based on an unfulfilled life.
Psychologists are in the best position to help his or her patients understand underlying motivations. But even these professionals often fail to reach the underlying causes because the subconscious mind shuts down to avoid re-living painful memories. Getting Access to the hidden decisions that continue to hold the memories is the key to their resolution. Life coaching can help – not as a treatment modality – but as a “forward thinking” way of allowing the patient to come out of his or her malaise and create a new life!
Dentists can also add richly to their patients’ experiences by adding life coaching to their repertoire. The patient, after all, is a captive audience while in the chair . . . the only problem is that they can seldom TALK while being worked on! The dentist, therefore, can use life coaching approaches during the pre- or post-treatment interviews.
To Summarize: Life coach training is an excellent add-on modality for all professionals. With a weekend’s worth of training, a doctor, chiropractor or therapist can add immense value to their patient’s lives, both current and future.