Martha Beck describes the role of a life coach.
So life coaching is a really interesting phenomenon. I was actually, I have a Ph.D. in Sociology, and so I sort of watch social change.
And what I saw was that therapy, which was the big sort of mental health thing of the 20th century, is really modeled around a disease model, it’s a pathology.
So mental health practitioners are like physicians for the mind, right?
And there’s a need for some people to get counseling when they aren’t mentally ill. So I like to say that a life coach is to a therapist what a personal trainer is to a doctor.
So therapists take mentally unwell people and get them healthy and we take mentally healthy people and get them to very high performance.
So, and you can come to a life coach at any stage. If your life is awful we work to make it better. If your life is great, we work to make it better.
It’s just about getting more joy, more satisfaction, having a more positive impact on the world and it’s just mushroomed as people have gravitated toward it and I am sure grateful for that.
About Martha Beck:
Martha Beck, Ph.D., is a writer and life coach who specializes in helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She holds a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and master's and Ph.D. degrees in sociology, all from Harvard University. She has published academic books and articles on a variety of social science and business topics.
Her non-academic books include the New York Times bestsellers “Expecting Adam” and “Leaving the Saints,” as well as “Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live” and her newest book, “Steering by Starlight.” Dr. Beck has also been a contributing editor for many popular magazines, including Real Simple and Redbook, and is currently a columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine.