Personal Stylist & Life Coach

Personal Stylist & Life Coach

Jeanene Mack

Brooklyn, NY

Female, 33

I perform both wardrobe styling and life coaching for women. These are two seemingly different engagements whose functions are exactly the same: getting you to be completely comfortable in your skin! Ask me anything.

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Last Answer on January 29, 2014

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What makes someone qualified to life-coach someone else? How do you demonstrate skill when talking to potential clients?

Asked by Matty almost 5 years ago

That's an excellent question! There are several training programs where you can get certified to coach in your specialty of choosing. The ICF (International Coaching Federation) is one of the most well known and accredited agencies. I myself, also have a Masters in Psychoanalysis and have worked with patients on a clinical level. This sort of training is also helpful when working with coaching clients. On a more personal level, life experience of the coach is also very important when it comes to connecting with your client.

What's the average age of your clients, and what are the most common life challenges they're experiencing when they come to you?

Asked by Arlene in Scottsdale almost 5 years ago

Clients come with all ages and in all shapes and sizes! There is a coach out there for almost every need and desire (business, relationship, dating, health/fitness etc.). I myself am a relationship coach and wardrobe stylist for women. Some examples of one of my clients would be a women who is a new mom, widowed, divorced, newly single, just out of college or looking for a new job ...to name a few. No matter the age or challenge, together we can implement a plan and reach the goal! :)

Did you ever hire a life-coach yourself? Is that what made you want to do this for a living?

Asked by slowgrind almost 5 years ago

I do have a life coach and before that i had a psychoanalyst. I think that "therapy" gets a bad rap too much of the time. People assume that you should only go if you have a mental health issue but the truth is, i think everyone should talk to someone that can give them a completely unbiased opinion and someone who is obviously educated and experienced enough to do so. I have always been attracted to all forms of talk therapy. After i received my masters in Psychoanalysis, i started researching life coaching and really connected with the approach. I find it easier to have more of a personal relationship with my clients and since i also do wardrobe styling for the women i work with, this is a very important aspect of my business.

Who's the hardest client you've worked with? Have you met anyone you thought was completely helpless?

Asked by orangina almost 5 years ago

I think the hardest clients to work with are the ones that dont really want to be there. They like the idea of a coach and genuinely want a change in their life but are very resistant or think they already have all the answers. Obviously, if that were true then they would be happy and excited about their life and most of the time they aren't. With that said, i dont think anyone is completely helpless. Everyone has the capacity for change. My goal isn't to change the client as a person but to help them become the best version of themselves!

Life-coaching has exploded in recent years, but to be honest, it feels like a racket. Vulnerable, "lost" people shelling out $$ for an ear and no guaranteed results. I hope I'm wrong, but how would you dispel all that?

Asked by sinbad almost 5 years ago

I think there are guaranteed results! The choice is really up to you. But you have to put in some work. With coaching, the client doesn't just lay on the couch and talk about their childhood (which isnt a bad thing). A life coach is there to help you come up with ideas and solutions to reach a certain goal. They hold you accountable and are their when you are struggling. It is more hands on than therapy and i believe has a much higher success rate. But, like i said, the client needs to put in most of the work. It is your life after all.

What's the difference between a life coach and a therapist?

Asked by Arlene in Scottsdale almost 5 years ago

Most types of traditional therapy come from a medical model. Its main focus is the patients past and how it is influencing todays choices. The therapist will help the patient analyze past behaviors and maybe even uncover repressed memories in order to help the emotional healing process of the present. A coach helps the client focus on the future and together they come up with specific strategies to put into practice in order to achieve certain goals. Let me give a real life example: A women who has recently gone through a divorce is struggling with getting her life to a place where she feels comfortable. Therapist: The therapist would maybe help the women try and figure out what is keeping her from moving on. They would go back and look at things that happened in the marriage and even before that and discuss how that may be influencing how she is feeling today. They would verbally work on getting her emotional life healthy. Coach: A coach would look at the present situation and together with the client come up with a plan to move forward not just emotionally but physically as well. They will be there to support the women and hold her accountable until she feels comfortable going on with her life without the support of the coach. I myself offer wardrobe styling to women who want a change inside and out! (this type of women is a great example of a client that would choose this service). * Both therapists and coaches are important and just have different approaches to dealing with the clients needs.

what made you decide to focus only on female clients? did you at first try with both men & women?

Asked by rita luv almost 5 years ago

When i was studying as an analyst, i worked with both men and women. I enjoyed working with both sexes but i was also single with no kids. Since i became a mother, i have really had a desire to work with women going through transitions. That then grew into a passion to work with all women who need someone to just talk to, or that needed a fashion pick-me-up, needed motivation getting back into her skinny jeans, help online dating, meeting men in the "real world", just had a baby, got divorced etc. You get the idea. Its not that i dont like men, i do! :) I just have a lot of life experience that i really want to be able to use to help other women.