“What is the difference between seeing a counsellor/therapist vs. a coach?”
“Why would I get coaching rather than counselling?”
“How do I know if I need coaching?”
These are great questions I get asked often.
To answer them, let’s explore the role of both to better understand which one best suits your needs.
Both counselling and coaching are focused on the client’s well being with the aim of facilitating personal growth and understanding in a safe, confidential environment.
Counselling or therapy aims to relieve the symptoms of emotional pain and suffering as well as healing emotional trauma from past events. The key word here is the “past” because the focus of the work being done is to resolve the unresolved issues from the past. Therapy tends to focus on finding the root of a problem by looking at unconscious patterns of behaviour with a view to resolving them and letting them go.
Coaching however, assumes that whilst the client may have experienced painful events in the past, they are well and without serious issues. The goal of coaching is to resolve problems and overcome barriers that are preventing the client from making effective choices. Exploring what resources are available to the client now, with the focus on the future, immediate changes can be achieved. The coaching process often reveals where the client’s strengths and limitations lay and helps to identify where the opportunities for growth exist, so the client can develop new skills for future goal-oriented actions.
Why would I get counselling rather than coaching?
If you are experiencing anger, grief or sadness over a past event and you can’t seem to move past it, such that it still affects your life today, then counselling is probably what you need. If you are feeling unstable, dependant or depressed, then seek the support of a licensed professional.
How do I know if I need coaching?
If you are aspiring to live your life differently, be it in your relationships, your career or your health, but:
- You can’t seem to dedicate the time;
- You get easily distracted;
- You don’t believe in yourself;
- You don’t know how to create a plan;
- You don’t feel supported;
- You’re scared of making a fool of yourself;
- You don’t follow through on action steps;
- You keep finding excuses;
Then coaching is for you. The role of the coach is to support you to create change. Developing the plan and taking the action are your responsibilities, but a coach will keep you accountable to the actions that drive your goals. Not everyone is ready to take the steps required to create the life that they dream of and many people will just keep doing what they are doing and keep getting what they are getting.
The only person who can facilitate personal transformation is you!
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