Relationships are one of the biggest factors in determining whether we feel happy and fulfilled in life so ensuring that they work well for your best life is absolutely crucial – and yet so often neglected. Relationships are constantly under pressure from a million factors including work, money, competition for attention, and behavioral issues so getting a little help to even things out a bit is something we can all do with sometimes.
Difference Between Coaching and Therapy
It's important to understand the difference between relationship coaching and relationship therapy. Therapy starts from the standpoint that there is healing that needs to be done and part of that is about bringing the unconscious into the conscious so that the healing process can begin. Coaching, while often compatible with therapy is a different approach since it starts from the idea that the person being coached is not hurt but rather looking for problem solving and positive resolutions. Relationship coaching is all about finding ways to a better and more satisfying solution to relationship questions.
You don't have to be in a relationship to reap the benefits of relationship coaching. A lot of clients want the benefits of coaching precisely because they're not in a relationship and want to be or perhaps want to understand more about why they're single and what is the best route to happiness. Some are single because they are recently divorced, or widowed, or have simply split up and feel understandable nervousness about how, when, and if to get another partner. We can help with that by coaching people to better understand themselves, others, and what brings people together and makes them work as a new couple.
Couples, married or not, are often juggling so many aspects of life that they can't fully dedicate the time and attention to their relationship that it deserves. With the pressures of kids, jobs, money, friends, and a million other demands on time it is common for relationships to be functional but not as fulfilled as they could be. We can help unlock the satisfaction in a relationship. That's not just about 'rediscovering the magic' (as important at that is), it's also about finding ways of working together better to be more successful as people and professionals. Relationship coaching is also a great way of exploring issues of commitment and helping couples through the big steps such as deciding to co habit or get married.
Family coaching covers nuclear families, extended families, older generations and the ad hoc families that result from sharing living spaces. All families can work together better, better understand each other and their needs and expectations, and how to collaborate to achieve goals. We have seen fantastic results not just in terms of household happiness but also related fields such as the success of a family business. All human beings are involved in a web of relationships of one kind or another and all relationships can benefit from the clear perspective and understanding of goals that comes from coaching.