Patrick Williams on The Current State of Whole Life Coaching

March 20, 2024 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm

Dr Pat has been part of the coaching profession and its evolution since the beginning and has just released the 3rd edition of his best selling book Becoming a Professional Life Coach: The Art and Science of a Whole Person Approach.  Even though many leadership and executive coaches and other specializations would not call themselves "life coaches" --- it is absolutely what they do!  It's all life coaching if we are coaching the person and not just the problem. In this updated edition, he has added new neuroscience research on coaching and emotions, and looks at both the blend of coaching the what--related to the workplace, business, or personal health and relationships--and the who of the client: the beingness added to the doingness.  Coaching mastery today requires a whole person approach which encourages transactional and transformational coaching.


One of the early pioneers of coaching, Pat is often called the ambassador of life coaching. Pat has been a licensed psychologist since 1980 and began executive coaching in 1990 with Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kodak and other companies along the front range of Colorado. That early experience led him to attending early coach training in 1995 with Coach University and becoming a founding member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He received his Master Certified Coach (MCC) designation in 1998.

In 1977 Dr. Pat completed his doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology (following an MA in Humanistic Psychology) This in-depth exploration of personal growth and whole person orientation helped him see the wisdom of early psychological theorists and luminaries who influenced the birth of the Life Coaching profession.

Patrick founded the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT) 1999, specializing in training those with a human services orientation. He has authored 6 books about professional coaching with W.W. Norton books.

Pat is a past board member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is past president of ACTO, the Association of Coach Training Organizations, an honorary VP of the International Society of Coaching Psychology, and a founding member of Harvard University’s Institute of Coaching. In 2018, he was selected to be one of 5 coaches in the inaugural Circle of Distinction by the ICF.

Pat continues to speak and train others in aspects of optimal living, as well as mentoring and teaching coaches in various capacities.