Life Coaching in Zurich: How to choose a Life Coach in Zurich
1.- Google using these words, life coaching in Zurich for expats
There are at least more than 1.020.000 links about life coaches in Zurich, but how to choose the right one for you? A big group of life coaches base their practices on a particular subject area such as business, relationships, grief, weight loss, family issues, children and teenagers, dating coaching, life coaching for women, life coaching for expats, etc. Before choosing a life coach, think about what you need life coaching for. If you are having problems with your boss at work, you don't want to choose a personal life coach whose focus is on grief.
There are life coaches who do not work specialised on any subject, but in general life. Look for the life coaches in Zurich that have their services more defined.
If you look for a life coach in Zurich that can help you with your particular situation or problem, then include in the google search some words that define or specify your subject, for example:
2.- Check at least 5 different life coaches in Zurich
Don't go to the first life coach in Zurich that you find on the list of the 1.020.000 links on google. After specifying and concretising your search, choose between 3 to 5 coaches that are specialised in what you need. Study their website and find out if what he/she offers, is what you need. Check with them for a free session to get to know them and the methods they use.
3.- Trust your intuition. Does this life coach resonate with you?
Pay attention to your feelings when you are having your free session. Do you feel understood? Do you feel that your coach is listening to you? Does you coach give you advices or does s/he help you to find your own solutions? Does s/he do the talking all the time or does s/he let you talk? Does s/he ask you questions that make you think and clear up your mind? Does s/he show you empathy, compassion, understanding or there is judgement and criticism?
4.- Check the reviews of your life coach in the Internet
After pre-selecting your 3 to 5 candidates, google for some reviews, testimonials and comments of people about the life coach on social media like google +, Facebook, linkedin, yelp, tweeter, etc.
Something very important about coaching associations: Being a certified coach from the ICF does not mean that the coach is a good coach. Coaching associations main interest is about monopolisation of the coaching market and about earning their money with the very high fees of membership. As soon as the coach quit the membership, is not being considered anymore by the association. It is just about money and monopolisation of the coaching market. It is not about quality and standardisation.
5.- Don't fall in the package trap of many life coaching sessions
Be clear that you know better than any life coach in the world, when it is enough. If the coaching session was really effective, you don't need any more coaching sessions. A good coach will work his/her best to make the first session as if it were the last one, so you can find your solutions, piece of mind and what you needed, in just one session. That is exactly the difference between coaching and therapy. Coaching is pragmatic. The changes and solutions may occur in the session or between sessions. Therapy lasts years and the client is still confused and in pain.
There are many coaches that offer coaching session packages from 3 to 10 sessions and they are very expensive. This doesn't mean that they are more effective. It just mean, they want to earn more money. Normal fees are between 80 and 150 CHF per hour.
Remember something, you may not be a certified coach, but there is an intuitive coach inside of you. You have everything you need to identify the right life coach or personal coach in Zurich for you. Go and get your coach!
Maria Griselda Mueller
is a professional life and executive coach specialized in expats life and cross-cultural support. She is originally from Venezuela, has lived in more than ten countries around the world and has a Master certification in psychological coaching.