I would like to become a personal development coach. I have the gift and strong desire to help people examine their lives to enhance overall happiness. I think this informal approach to counseling with a "regular" person would save people both time and money. Even just talking to an impartial party who won’t "label" them would help people relax and open up. What do you think?
The field is saturated with "life coaches" and similar.
It is extraordinarily competitive.
In addition, some "coaches" have found themselves in legal hot water in terms of their services bleeding over into the fields of counseling and psychotherapy (which require a license to practice – not unlike medicine).
My advice to you is to carefully consider your options before you give a single dollar to ANY organization claiming to "train" or "accredit" coaches. The profession at the moment is NOT regulated. Therefore, any "training" or "accreditation" you purchase will likely be invalid if the profession ever does become regulated by the state.
With Obama’s promise to socialize medicine in this country, you can be virtually assured that lawsuits against "coaches" who are actually conducting psychotherapy or counseling will soon follow.
Best of luck to you in your decision-making process,