Rebecca Hampson - Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist CBT & Counsellor MBABCP

Life Coaching with Josh Hampson

Josh is an experienced Life Coach with knowledge and training in other modalities such as positive psychology, counselling and CBT. He has a background in business development and management, and along with being a practising Life Coach is also a mentor for the princess trust and a journey coach for the riverside group.


What is a Life Coach and how does it compare to Psychotherapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Life Coaches concentrate on an individual’s actions and outcomes. They measure success based on specific behavioural results and goals determined by the client. The coach will use psychological understanding and behavioural models to help discover new ways of interpreting the behaviours of yourself and others to give you a wider perspective, removing limiting factors that will make it possible for you to achieve your goals more easily and overcoming obstacles.

There are distinct differences between a Coach and a Psychotherapist. A therapist is trained to treat mental health conditions using various approaches depending on the problem, whereas, a Coach will identify and describe the current problematic behavioural patterns so that the client can use this awareness to modify them.

Although the approach that is used in Psychotherapists and Coaching is fundamentally different, the results and aims are very similar and there are areas that overlap. Both aim to create positive outcomes for the client and relinquish the thoughts and beliefs that prevent their clients from living the live they desire.


Do I need a Life Coach or Psychotherapist?

This is a very personal question and comes down to individual preference, however, it is important to consider how you would like to work on the problems being experienced.

In general, Psychotherapists work with a specific mental health condition such as depression of anxiety disorders and a CBT trained psychotherapist will use evidence based formulaic driven protocols. On the other hand, a life coach is more commonly used for people experiencing life stressors, a sense of unfulfillment and unbalance in their lives. A presentation often seen would be somebody who is having difficulty managing their work life balance and as a result their relationships are suffering a lack of direction and their values are being compromised, leading to irritability, frustrations, stress and anxiety.

Common tools and techniques used in Life Coaching:

Life Coaching

Techniques overlapping with CBT

>         Goal setting & monitoring

>         Needs vs Wants

>         Values & Motive exploration

>         Emotional Intelligence

>         Strength based development

>         Gratitude Exercise

>         Daily questions


>         Psycho Education

>         Journaling

>         Values exercises

>         Cognitive Restructuring

>         Relaxation & Mindfulness

>         Stress & anxiety management

>         Mood improvement strategies