There is currently no regulation for life coaching and anyone can use the term 'life coach'. When you find a life coach and make an appointment, it is advisable to choose an accredited practitioner with membership to a professional organisation.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the largest worldwide organisation for business and life coaches with over 800 members in the UK. Its members have achieved professional training and work to a code of ethics as laid out by the ICF. The Association of Coaching (AC) is one of the largest professional bodies in the UK for accredited personal, business and team coaches. The AC's full members must meet certain standards of training and ethics.
Life coaching can take place face-to-face, by phone or online. Think about how you would like to have life coaching and find a suitable practitioner. Many life coaches believe seeing their client is the most effective way but the location of the coach could affect your decision, or you may just feel more comfortable talking on the phone or communicating via email. Discuss this before taking your first session.
Consider what you want to accomplish with life coaching, whether it be a specific problem or your life in general. It may help to write this down and use it during your first session. Some life coaches provide a questionnaire for you to fill in before seeing or talking to them.