Most people don’t realize they need a coach until they are well into their situation and are struggling to get out. There are a lot of misconceptions about what a life coach is and what they do. Let’s clear that up, before we go too far. Every coach is different. Throughout the course of your life you may need several coaches for several reasons. I am certified and coach in the following areas: Caregiving, Life, and Relationships. This means that I have studied how to support individuals in these areas and help them get clarity and move forward in a positive and productive manner. The support will vary based on the situation we are facing. You may need more phone support in the beginning and more email support towards the end of our time together. We will work together to agree on what is best for you. As a part of my coaching program, I will ask questions to get a feel for who you are and what you want to accomplish. I ask hard questions. I do not force clients to answer, but I will ask. When the situation calls for it, I will provide worksheets and I always ask my clients to journal their experiences.
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1. Your life is changing, but you are staying the same
Have you ever seen the Back to the Future? I love those movies. I am sure Marty McFly would have needed a life coach if he would have stayed in the future. Your situation may not be as drastic, but you get the point. It’s like one day you wake up and realize that you’ve been on autopilot while the rest of the world progressed. These people are best classified as feeling left behind.
2. You are seeking new challenges in life and don’t know where to find them
This client is bored. Bored with life, bored with work, bored with relationships. She doesn’t necessarily want to walk away from these situations, but they are looking for a new way to interact with them.
3. You are a caregiver on the verge of burnout
For more than 10 years, I cared for my husband as he was battling end stage renal failure. We had no family in the area and friends stopping coming by when they could no longer deal with the changes in his condition. There were many days that I felt like throwing in the towel, but my heart wouldn’t let me. So, I trudged on with whatever strength I had for the day. Now, I support other caregivers. I give them a safe place to vent and complain. They can say things to me that others would scorn them for.
4. You are in a relationship that isn’t going the way you hope
I didn’t know what a healthy relationship was when I started dating. I only knew a handful of people who were married for more than a few years. Chances are, you’ve seen much of the same. I am trained to work with clients to develop proper perspectives about their relationships and make the decisions necessary to preserve their self-esteem.
5. You have past emotional pain that you need to deal with
Emotional pain has a habit of rearing its ugly head when you least expect it. So many women you know have been molested, raped, beat, and silenced by people they know, like and trust. This has caused them to live their lives in fear of memories. So many women are plagued by their past and it is my obligation to help them work through it. It can be done and once you are on the other side of the pain, you will begin to recognize the signs of trauma in others and want to help them too.
Coaching is full of benefits and can only help you get better. All sessions are confidential and no information should be shared without your consent. Coaching is a wonderful experience if used correctly. If you would like to take advantage of a complimentary Validation Session click HERE. This will give us 15 minutes to discuss your needs and how to address them.
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Sophia Antoine is a Certified Life and Relationship Coach. She specializes in assisting women to work through past emotional pain. It is her dream to reach women all over the world to encourage them to have a peaceful present and a fruitful future. Sophia was also the sole caregiver for her husband throughout his battle with End Stage Renal Failure. Sophia also cares for her elderly father as he battles cancer. She provides support for women through blog posts, Periscope broadcasts, and other social media outlets as they are often left feeling alone, depressed, and dejected due to their perception of their situation. Sophia is also a speaker and is available to be booked for live and virtual engagements. Sophia resides in South Florida with her husband, Bradley Antoine and three children.