In her excellent article exploring the legitimacy of life coaching, Sophie Drechsler raises important questions about the industry and offers guidance on finding a credible coach (source: “Is Life Coaching Legitimate?”, January 2022).

As a coach specializing in emotional intelligence and leadership, I understand the concerns surrounding the lack of regulation in the coaching profession. However, I believe that when approached with the right mindset and paired with a trusted coach, coaching truly is a powerful tool for personal and professional growth, and “totally legit” 😊

When seeking a coach, it is crucial to consider their training and qualifications. Reputable bodies and coaching schools like the Life Coach School ( ), the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the Association for Coaching (AC), and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) ensure that coaches have undergone rigorous training and adhere to a code of ethics.
As an experienced coach in emotional intelligence and leadership, I have invested in my own professional development, I hold some certifications and I am taking continuing education very seriously. I am also getting coached regularly.

Moreover, it is essential to understand the role of a coach. Legitimate coaches are not self-proclaimed gurus promising a perfect life; instead, they serve as facilitators of positive change. As a coach, my primary focus is on empowering individuals to identify their priorities, motivations, and barriers. I provide support, guidance, and a safe space for clients to explore their challenges and develop their own solutions.

To find a reputable coach, Drechsler offers practical tips that I echo wholeheartedly. Checking a coach’s background, training, and professional insurance provides reassurance about their commitment and professionalism. Engaging in a sample session allows potential clients to assess compatibility and establish rapport with the coach. Additionally, testimonials from previous clients serve as valuable indicators of a coach’s experience and effectiveness.

Coaching is a collaborative process that requires active participation and a commitment to personal growth from the client. With the right mindset and a trusted coach, coaching can yield significant positive results in emotional intelligence, leadership development, and overall well-being.

If you are ready to embark on a transformative journey, I invite you to explore the power of coaching in emotional intelligence and leadership. Together, we can uncover your strengths, overcome limiting beliefs, and unlock your full potential. Let’s work towards your personal and professional growth, fostering a deeper understanding of yourself and enhancing your leadership skills.

Sincerely yours,

Dr Sophie