The BALM Blog

See all posts

Top 3 Qualities of a Family Recovery Life Coach: How to Know If This Is the Career for You

BALM, Coach Training, Family Life Recovery Coach | February 26, 2020
Top 3 Qualities of a Family Recovery Life Coach: How to Know If This Is the Career for You

Thinking of becoming a Family Recovery Life Coach?

If you are considering becoming a Family Recovery Life Coach, you may have wondered what qualities you need to possess to become a successful one. Training and certification are essential, but there are other innate characteristics and personality traits that you should consider.


A family recovery life coach plays an important role in the lives of the individual with SUD and their family’s road to recovery. Many are inclined to practice coaching,  but they may not have the qualities that are important in dealing with clients.

The Loving Path to Family Recovery

Here are the top 3 qualities of a family recovery life coach:


A family recovery life coach is curious  

A family recovery life coach has a genuine curiosity about people and life in general. You approach everything from a standpoint of curiosity. When you do, it opens up more opportunities and possibilities to learn how to help  clients overcome obstacles and challenges . It makes you ask better questions that impacts the client’s life.  

Upgrade your knowledge: The BALM Coach Training plus Specialist Training


A family recovery life coach should have a sincere love for helping people

Anybody can study and implement training, but to have the sincerity to help people is innate. While the principles of coaching can be learned, the passion and the willingness to help others are not. When a  family recovery life coach is passionate about helping their clients, the level of service is incomparable. The difference between a good recovery life coach and the best family recovery life coach is what’s in their heart.


A family recovery life coach should have the ability to listen and empathize

Empathy is the ability to stand in the shoes of the person you empathize, even if you have not gone through exactly what they are experiencing.  The Oxford Dictionary refers to this as ‘understanding and sharing the feelings of’ the person you are empathizing with. On the basis of this empathy,  a solid family recovery coach creates a connection with each client that encourages the client to move forward powerfully. 

Clients open up without feeling embarrassed or shamed about their situations when they have created a connection with their coaches. Individuals with SUD want to be heard. When you have the ability to listen,  trust with your clients and their family comes more naturally.


BALM Training & Certification

BALM Family Recovery Life Coach and Specialist Training

While these are the top 3 qualities of a good family recovery life coach, there are other qualities you have to take into consideration to know if this is a career for you.

The quality and depth of your training can make a substantial impact on how well you are able to help as well.

Here at BALM, we have a powerful training package which will prepare you  to coach individuals on any topic and families on recovery topics and to teach our signature BALM 12 Principles Program to individuals and families in your community! We call it the  BALM Family Recovery Life Coach ICF-ACTP Plus Bundle, which will will train and certify you to coach families using both ICF expertise and the BALM Holistic Model. and also certify you to teach the BALM 12 Principles live in your own community. This powerful dual certification training prepares you to work with individuals and groups.

Included in the bundle are the Balm Family Recovery Life Coach Training Program-ICF-ACTP, BALM Family Recovery Specialist, and The BALM One Year Family Program

Learn more about the bundle here


Related Reads:

  • Lucrative & Rewarding: Becoming a Family Recovery Life Coach in 2020
  • Thinking of Becoming a BALM Professional? Here’s What You’ll Want to Know
  • Evidence-Based Practices Make All the Difference in the BALM Family Recovery Program