A growing field since its beginning in the 1980s in the United States, coaching has become a worldwide network of skilled professionals guiding clients to discover and develop themselves.
In a good coaching relationship, the coach and coachee work together to decide when and how the coachee can develop, and especially the particular type of development needed to make their lives fuller.
More than just an encouraging discussion, coaching entails using specific tools, such as techniques of Socratic questioning or targeted awareness of what is said and not said, to target where the coachee is in need of growth – and open to it. Certification as a coach can only be achieved after having completed theoretical training, but also a significant number of coaching hours under supervision.
While coaching can deal with immediate problems and goals, the work to resolve them usually contributes to the overall growth of the individual.