While some life coaches offer positive experiences, the industry as a whole is unregulated to the extent that it can be highly dangerous to unknowing and vulnerable people, argues Olga Khazan of The Atlantic. Unlike psychologists, anyone can be certified and licensed as a life coach and their methods are unsupervised. There are some examples of life coaches engaging in gay-conversion therapy, which besides not working, had an incredibly damaging effect on their clients. The assertion that there is no harm in talking is faulty. Many people in need or real mental-health care have their situations worsened by life coaches.
Life coaches can help individuals with a huge variety of issues, and can strongly improve the way they go about their lives, infers Prema Srinivasan of the Huffington Post. They know how to help people approach the problems in their lives differently and find solutions. Often they are able to provide constructive feedback in ways and from perspectives that friends or family can’t. Life coaches work to ensure growth over several steps to further career and personal goals. Ultimately, these programs allow people to get into habits of making constant progress, which benefits their relationships, self-satisfaction and general well-being.