The more than 50,000 life coaches in practice worldwide will tell you that money can, in fact, buy happiness — if you’re willing to do the work. Critics see them as unqualified, amateur psychotherapists, who might do more harm than good. Although there are training programs for coaches, it is an unregulated industry, and most coaches are not certified. So, can life coaches really deliver what they promise?
Dear Arielle and Brian,
During the past year I have done many of your suggested soulmate manifestation exercises, however, I still haven’t been able to emotionally pull the cord from my past relationship with Doug. We dated for a few months and then transitioned to just “good friends” because I’m not physically attracted to him and no longer wanted to be physically intimate with him. I care deeply for him and truly enjoy our time together as friends. I feel my heart is very connected to his but I can’t seem to resolve this past relationship and move on in peace. If you have any advice I would appreciate it!
Dear Arielle and Brian,
One year ago, I discovered that my husband and my best friend were having an affair. As you can imagine, I was heart-broken and devastated and left him. I was fortunate to find a great coach who has been helping me work through the pain and grief, and I finally feel like I am ready for new love. Some days I am happy and sunny again and anticipating a future with a new man. But other days, I wake up sad and lonely and convinced I’ll never find love again. What am I doing wrong?
Five years ago I began a spiritual journey. I wanted to know, how can I be happy? Why am I so unhappy? I am always struggling and fighting with myself to “get better”. I had just ended a 7 year relationship and I sold my company. I had so many questions about what to do and whom to love. Whom do I want to become? I felt scared to make the wrong choice and I felt excited about rebuilding my life. In the midst of all this questioning I began to get answers and signs. I want to be happy. I want to make a difference and help others. I want to like myself. I want to wake up! What came out of all that questioning and searching were many teachers, many books, many tears, sessions with healers, and conversations with friends. The product of that searching was the creating of my new business and personal development program, intenSati. I think the best way to describe it is to say it is the practice of self love and appreciation put into an exercise class.