Num­ber of life coaches grow­ing in the King­dom

Arab News - - News Saudi Arabia - Deema Al-Khu­dair Jed­dah AN photo by Huda Bashatah

Some­times in life peo­ple need a help­ing hand, some phys­i­cally, oth­ers fi­nan­cially, but in­creas­ingly emo­tion­ally.

YouPos­i­tive, a Jed­dah-based on­line life coach­ing plat­form, of­fers that help. Pi­o­neers in on­line life coach­ing, they are seek­ing to bridge the gap be­tween coun­sel­ing, self-help and tech­nol­ogy.

On Satur­day, they hosted the first of a se­ries of Jan­uary events at the City Hub in Al-Nahda dis­trict.

Founder and CEO Zahra Al-Mo­hanna said: “YouPos­i­tive is pi­o­neer­ing a mar­ket­place for life coach­ing, with tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions for ser­vice providers and clients alike.

“We have cre­ated a so­lu­tion that suits Saudi and Mid­dle East­ern cul­ture, where you can find a coach wher­ever you are and at your leisure. We pick the right ser­vice providers via back­ground checks and in­ter­views, as well as re­fer­rals from their clients.”

She added: “YouPos­i­tive serves in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies equally, with coach­ing pro­grams tai­lored to their needs.”

Saudi life coach Waleed Arab was at the City Hub event to give a lec­ture, called My Emo­tions. In it, he tried to shed light on how to un­der­stand emo­tions.

Body and emo­tions

Dur­ing his lec­ture, Arab ex­plained the lim­bic sys­tem and its func­tion, to ex­plain the link be­tween the body and emo­tions.

“Your body lis­tens to your thoughts,” said Arab, adding that life coach­ing is very dif­fer­ent from coun­sel­ing.

“A life coach is not a cer­ti­fied We have just started, but we have a good num­ber of cer­ti­fied life coaches in Saudi Ara­bia.”

Spe­cific area of mind

Life coach­ing is im­por­tant, ex­plained Arab, be­cause: “We are tap­ping into a very spe­cific area of the mind, look­ing to en­lighten the per­son about what is miss­ing in their cur­rent mind­set. You can ex­am­ine ar­eas you had not dis­cov­ered be­fore.

“Just imag­ine your­self liv­ing in a dark room. A coach will help en­lighten you and your senses, and show you that there is much more out­side for you to ex­plore.”

The re­ac­tion to YouPos­i­tive, and their Jan­uary pro­gram, has been largely up­beat.

“Life coaches help us im­prove by chang­ing the way we think,” said Rad­hya Ba­ham­doun, an at­tendee at Arab’s lec­ture.

Saudi trans­for­ma­tion life coach Waleed Arab.

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