What is the difference between Coaching and Counselling?
Here is a brief overview of the differences between counselling and coaching. Please note that there is no one way to do this line of work and so consider this is an informal guide. However, all things that apply to coaching also do apply to counselling and when used correctly can be functional together.
Coaching is action orientated, vs counselling is coping orientated
Coaches want to help you recognize what you think vs counsellors also want to help you realize how you feel.
Coaching helps you set and achieve goals vs counselling helps you recognize and attempt to solve life’s challenges specifically pertaining to you.
A coach has the job to challenge you frequently vs a counsellor is there to support you with empathy and understanding (although they might gently challenge you).
Coaches focus exclusively on the present and future vs some counsellor’s focus mostly on the present and the future, others on the past (depending on the type of therapy you choose).
A coach is focused on your potential vs a counsellor is focused on helping you be at peace with yourself and your life.
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