In this chapter, I will consider the practice of what I have called ‘Rational-Emotive Cognitive-Behavioral Life Coaching’ (RECBLC). It is important to be clear at the outset about how I am going to use the term ‘life coaching’ and also how it differs from other related modes of helping. Grant and Cavanagh (2010, p. 297) say that life coaching “is less about restoring or improving functionality and more about enhancing existing well-being. It typically tends to focus on goals that fall within the personal sphere rather than the work or employment sphere”. It can thus be contrasted with counseling which has more of a focus on the restoration of functionality and with executive coaching which “focuses on helping clients who have managerial responsibility in organisations to achieve goals that improve their professional performance, and consequently the effectiveness of the client’s organization” (Grant & Cavanagh, 2010, p. 297). However, while I can see the logic in Grant and Cavanagh’s position, in my practice the boundary lines are more fluid, and since people invest a lot of themselves in their work, I consider that work issues have a place in life coaching, and this position will be reflected in this chapter.
KeywordsCoaching Change Rational-emotive Wellbeing Happiness
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