“Knowledge is the key.”
Lulwah Alkhamees is keen to highlight the difference between a life coach and a therapist. She also recognizes the importance, not just of relieving stress, but of identifying the cause of it.
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is Lulwa. I was born and raised in Kuwait. I’m a freelance life coach.
Tell us about your education.
I graduated from College of Basic Education majoring in English. I worked as a teacher for four years and then continued my work for four more years in the educational field.
What made you decide to become a life coach?
At the beginning, it wasn’t a planned decision in my life, but more of a coincidence in a family gathering. I remember sitting with my family and hearing them talk about life coaching. They were debating the purpose of it with contrasting ideas. I was both confused and curious to the point that I needed to know what life coaching was about. So I started my own research and figured out that I share the characteristics of a life coach. That was the start of it.
What kind of education do you think is instrumental to becoming a life coach?
There are different life coaching schools, so everyone can decide which school suits them. I always believe that knowledge is the key – knowledge, knowledge, knowledge!
Are there required licenses that one must have to enter this field?
Yes, there are different types of licenses and certification.
What challenges did you face when you first started?
Since I’m in a society where people don’t usually talk about their personal lives, my first challenge was how to build a trustworthy relationship with my clients.
What are the biggest misconceptions about life coaching?
Some people don’t differentiate between a life coach and a therapist. A therapist treats psychological problems and deals with the past. A life coach, on the other hand, helps people to reach their goals, make decisions and discover themselves for a better life.
What’s the first thing you say to a new client?
I’m your stranger friend!
Tell us about your approach to life coaching and your specialist area?
My main goal is to build a trustworthy relationship as a friend with my clients. Also, I welcome them through open doors and listen to them before following up with their problems and goals inside and outside the session. I always give them the support they need.
What are some of the tools that you use during your coaching sessions?
Support, encouragement, deep listening, good communication and positivity.
What is the best thing you have ever heard from a client?
One client told me that I’m the first person they have trusted in seven years.
What do you love the most about your profession?
What’s been the most important moment in your career so far?
My first client.
What advice would you give about finding the right life coach?
The most important thing is to find someone you feel comfortable talking with.
What’s next for Lulwah? What are you currently working on?
I look forward to having my own life coaching company and obtaining more specialized licenses and certification.
Do you have any amazing stories of life coaching success that you can share with us?
I would love to share some stories with you but I’m not allowed to do so without the client’s permission.
What are some of your hobbies?
I always enjoy visiting relaxing places, such as hotels.
What is your work/life balance mantra?
Do what you are passionate about.
What would you advise people who suffer from stress?
There are many different ways to avoid stress such as sport and meditation. Also, avoid toxic relationships and, most importantly, find the main cause of the stress and work on relieving it.
Do you have a final piece of advice or insight for our readers?
Do not hesitate to see a life coach.
Your message for us at CP Magazine:
I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my story and talk about life coaching with you.