Stephen Thrift - Life Coach Bringing out the best in you
Stephen Thrift - Life CoachBringing out the best in you


What is life coaching?

I consider life coaching to be a partnership of equals in which the coach helps the client to work out how to set and achieve their goals. The coach then supports the client’s efforts to reach their goals. You can find more details about what life coaching is here.



Who can benefit from life coaching?

Not everyone needs life coaching, but most people can benefit from it. I help clients to achieve goals in any areas of their lives that they feel need improving. However, I specialise in helping people improve their careers and finances, and helping people who are struggling to find their path in life (in whichever aspect of their life).


You can find out more about my main services in the menu above.



Will you tell me what to do?

No. I will help you find the answers by guiding you in working out what you want to do and how you want to achieve your goals.


In addition to this, YOU must do the work. As Jim Rohn said: “You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you”. If you are going to benefit from coaching, you must put the work in. With this in mind, I will push you to achieve results.



Is coaching like counselling or therapy?

Coaching is different to counselling and therapy and should not be used as a substitute for either of them. Erickson International provides a good overview of why coaching and counselling are different here.



What do you mean by “a coach will challenge you and hold you accountable?”

A life coach will challenge you to operate outside your comfort zone and do things that you may initially find a little uncomfortable, even frightening, but which you agree will take you further towards achieving your goals. For the avoidance of doubt, I will never encourage you to do anything that is dangerous to yourself or others.

A life coach holds you accountable by agreeing with you SMART (Specific-Measurable-Achievable-Relevant-Time Bound) goals for you to achieve.



How do I know whether to choose you as my life coach?

I offer a free 30-minute consultation to all prospective clients. This will help both of us decide whether I am the right coach for you.



Is life coaching confidential?

Yes. Whatever is said in our sessions will remain fully confidential – not just for your privacy, but because it will help you be completely honest.

  • Please note: in exceptional circumstances I reserve the right to break this confidentiality agreement: these include where I feel a client is a danger to themselves and/or others, where the client may be involved in illegal activity, and where I am ordered by a court to supply information.



How long does a coaching session last?

I generally recommend that a session lasts an hour and thirty minutes, though it may be less than this depending on your particular circumstances and/or the content of the session.



How long will a coaching programme last?

A coaching programme will generally last until you have achieved your goals; the time period will depend on the person and the goals. In all cases, it will last as long as we both feel you are receiving value from me.


I subscribe to the idea that a good coach does not work to become indispensable – they work to become redundant. This means that I want to take you as far as I can, and if I feel that you will gain more benefit from working with someone other than with me, then I will tell you. I do not work with someone if I feel I cannot offer value to them.



Do you coach people face-to-face?

In theory I can coach you face-to-face, but my location (rural North Lancashire) makes this difficult in most cases. I generally coach by telephone or (preferably) Skype/FaceTime.



Do you coach children / young teenagers?

I only coach people aged 18 or over.



How much does life coaching cost?

All coaches will offer different fee structures. You can find mine here.



What qualifications do you have?

I hold a Diploma in Life Coaching from the Blackford Centre. I am also a member of the Association for Coaching.



How do I contact you?

You can send me an e-mail, and I will get back to you!

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