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How Do I Become a Holistic Life Coach?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill

There are a variety of ways you may choose to become a holistic life coach, including attending a school specializing in this major or working alongside a current life coach to learn the skills you need to know. There are no minimum educational requirements for this career field in most areas. For this reason, although it makes it easier to obtain the title, it is also harder to regulate the practices and services offered by those who become a holistic life coach.

If you intend to become a holistic life coach in the most reputable fashion possible, it is a good idea to attend a school offering training in the field. Holistic is a term which means "whole" and it is a form of living and healing which aims to include the whole person rather than just basic symptoms or areas. A life coach typically offers advice on becoming healthy mentally, physically, and spiritually. They do not heal diseases or offer medical advice, but rather offer ways of taking better care of oneself on every level.

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Woman with hand on her hip

There are schools which offer certification for those looking to become a holistic life coach. Organizations also exist for coaches to join. These organizations hold their members to high ethical standards for conducting business and may also offer educational recommendations. This sets the bar for quality since there are no government mandated rules in many areas for holistic life coaches.

Another way you may be able to become a holistic life coach is to work beneath someone who is already involved in the field. You may do this as an assistant or apprentice, either while in school or instead of attending school. You may be able to find life coaches in your area by visiting the website of a holistic healer organization or by browsing online elsewhere to find local practitioners.

If you want to become licensed and recognized by the government as a trained professional, you may also consider obtaining degrees in various holistic healing focuses in order to offer a wide range of services. You may study physical therapy, nutrition, physical training, and classes in order to give clients and well rounded range of services or advice. Once you have all necessary training, you can find clients by networking with other local natural healers and patients and possibly working with them as part of their practice.

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