There are a number of indications that working with a life coach could be helpful for you. These signs include:
- Frequent irritability
- High levels of stress
- Inability to break bad habits
- Lack of fulfillment in your social life
- Persistent feeling of dissatisfaction at work
- Sense of blocked creativity
- Dating skills
Although there may be some overlap in the benefits of working with a life coach and participating in psychotherapy with a licensed therapist, these professionals have distinct roles and serve unique purposes.
Unlike life coaches, therapists and other mental health professionals focus on healing, treating mental health conditions, and helping people work through trauma and other issues from their past. While working with a life coach may help you to deal with certain unresolved issues, life coaches cannot treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addiction, or any other mental health condition.
Chris Irving, BA, CPLC Certified Life Coach
At the age of 42, I know I have gained much knowledge and experience, while at the same time, it feels as though I still don’t know anything about anything. I’ve lived around the country and tried my hand at many different and often contradictory professional avenues. I was a competitive athlete, I’ve been an actor in theater and film in the big cities, transitioned over to law enforcement where I was a robbery/homicide detective and moved up in the ranks to the internal affairs division.
I’ve traveled abroad experiencing unknown cultures, known, and maintained relationships with people from different backgrounds, maintained fitness as a lifetime goal, and been around the dating pool- somehow making it through these dating app times and a quite challenging pandemic era. I have been married, divorced, and married again. I’ve experienced the emotional ups and extreme downs when it comes to human interactions and behaviors. I can honestly say I’ve never regretted the people who came into my life and have learned something about myself from them all- good or bad.
I’m a believer in self-improvement, working daily on improving myself, while knowing there is a lot to sift through ahead of me. I choose to be open minded, and I hope to work with people who are working towards finding the strength and flexibility to be their best version of themselves. I believe if a person is looking for change and accepts accountability for their actions, then they are looking to thrive and be happy in their lives.
I’m an in-person type of communicator. I believe that body language and the energy that the other person gives off tells a story of where they are today. We all need that extra push. I believe we encounter chances, however covert, to be shown doors of opportunity, happiness, risk, and fortune- but it is up to you to recognize, be aware, and to mentally prepare yourself to go through those doors.
Easier said than done.
As my academy instructor use to tell my class every day, “Get your mind right.”
I became a life coach because I know people have more inside themselves than meets the eye. It takes work and effort; positive outcomes can make way IF you keep those deliberate and disciplined blinders on and trudge through the messiness. You have already made the first step in considering a life coach, which is challenging enough; now you just have to step through this door. Someone is there on the other side to receive you. I know it can be scary, I also do know that the risks we don’t take end up being a regretful thought later on. We can either drift through our past experiences, watching each day slip by or we can learn from it, get excited, take control, and make decisive steps to a future that is our own.
Life is short. Life experience is everything. Take a chance and make it yours.
Habiba Jessica Zaman, MA, LPC, NCC Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Life Coach
Hello, my name is Habiba Jessica Zaman. I have a master’s degree in professional counseling from Georgia State University.
I view my clients as those in search of some type of change in their lives. Together we work towards growth by identifying the issues involved, establishing goals, and becoming increasingly aware of reoccurring patterns that prevent growth. As awareness of one’s fears, perception, desires, and strengths increase, we are able to make successful life changes. Self-awareness by becoming more honest with ourselves can initiate the authenticity that often results in healing, transformation, and fuller life. As individuals exist within cultural contexts, which heavily influence all facets of who we are including our world view, relationships, decision making, and identity, I strive to utilize cultural sensitivity in my practice.
My primary style is trauma-focused therapy and solution-focused therapy with adults and adolescents to empower and directly address each individual needs. I often utilize play therapy for children to help better understand their own ability to solve problems and find their potential. I provide a safe, nurturing, and judgment-free environment for my clients because I believe a good relationship and trust are essential for change and growth. I work successfully with clients addressing most life issues, including family and relationship problems, self-growth, depression and anxiety, life changes and adjustments, grief, abuse, and trauma.
Our counseling services include:
- Individual Counseling (adolescent, adult, children)
- Marriage and Family Counseling
- Couples Counseling
- Premarital Counseling
- Group Counseling (adolescent and adult)
- Pregnancy Counseling
- Career Counseling
- Divorce and Separation Counseling
- Life Transitions Counseling