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Techniques in Life Coaching

So during discovery calls, I am asked about tools and techniques and approaches (also known as modalities in coaching and therapy). I thought it would be easier to explain what I use here.

My working model integrates all of these modalities (and possibly a few more), although there are coaches and therapists out there who prefer to work with just one.

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt methods are particularly useful in life coaching because they focus on the whole person and their experience rather than just their thoughts or behaviours. This can help clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their motivations, leading to greater clarity, insight and self-awareness. This is my personal favourite as it is highly effective in helping clients find greater fulfilment and success in their personal and professional lives.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Probably one of the most popular modalities in coaching in my opinion. It focuses on the relationship between language, behaviour and emotions. Coaches use language and other communication techniques to help clients change their behaviour and improve their emotional states. It can be used to overcome phobias, improve communication skills and manage anxiety. (On a side note it also used in sales).

Solution-Focused Coaching

This is a type of coaching that focuses on identifying and building on your strengths and resources. It helps clients develop a clear vision of what they want to achieve and identify the steps they need to take to get there. It is often used to overcome obstacles.

Motivational Interviewing

This focuses on helping clients to identify their motivation for change. It also helps develop intrinsic motivation for change, rather than relying on external pressure or incentives. Motivational Interviewing is often used to help clients overcome addiction, improve their health and make lifestyle changes.

Positive Psychology

This focuses on promoting positive emotions, behaviours and attitudes. It helps clients to identify their strengths and develop strategies to build on them. It is often used to improve self-esteem, increase their resilience and develop a more positive outlook on life.

Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC)

This looks to changing a client's thoughts and beliefs to improve their behaviour. Just like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), it is based on the principle that an individual's thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interconnected. it helps clients to identify and challenge negative thoughts and beliefs, which can lead to more positive behaviours and outcomes.

Mindfulness Coaching.

This focuses on developing a clients awareness of their thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. It helps clients to develop the skills to manage stress, increase self-awareness and cultivate a sense of calm and focus. While I personally do not practice meditation or complete body scans with clients, other coaches do. I prefer to look at mindful behaviour. My blog about that can be found here.

No matter who you go to for coaching, feel free to ask about their tools and techniques during your initial enquiries. If they know what they are doing, they will have no hesitation in talking about them.


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