How is Coaching different than Counselling?

Coaching, as a profession, has made some dramatic increases in membership, especially in North America. Counselling, on the other hand, has received much less attention.

While reviewing coaching descriptions, you may come across repeated assertions that counselling only deals with the past, or is for those who are 'sick'. Coaching is for those already successful people who are ready to make (even more) significant advancements in their life.

Both processes, counselling and coaching, may use very similar methods, while they differ in some subtle, and not so subtle ways.

Basically, I use the following definitions to guide my practice:

  • Therapy : long-term support (1-to-1 and/or group experiences) to change significant problems a person has coping in everyday society.
  • Counselling : short-term support for normal people dealing with normal problems. The person has a sense that something is wrong in the current situation. The focus may be on past issues and the release of current ineffective, repeating behaviour patterns. Results are measured in the current time.
  • Coaching : short-term (i.e. project-based) or long-term (ongoing) support to assist a person leverage what is right in their life to higher levels of achievement. Past issues may be examined as a springboard to improve performance.

For both counselling and coaching I use the "Wheel of Life" as a foundation to examine the current situation, existing and emerging priorities, and measure progress toward desired results. The Wheel of Life spokes typically include:

  • Job/ Work/ Career
  • Family Relations
  • Personal Development
  • Spiritual Development
  • Life Planning (Finances, Time Management, Goal Setting, Life Transitions)
  • Recreation and Social Activities
  • Health Maintenance

For more background on coaching, click here.

There are a variety of methods to support improvement in the above spokes. Count on some dialogue (talking) between yourself and your coach or counsellor (me), some quiet time to reflect (gather [or change] your thoughts) and some action – to create new experiences and results in your life. Additionally, as a qualified hypnotherapist, I provide specific support for:

  • Improving Self-Esteem and Motivation
  • Improving Athletic or Work Performance
  • Improving Learning Experiences
  • Enhancing Creativity
  • Improving Healthy Lifestyles;
    Loosing Weight & Stopping Smoking
  • Dealing with Health Problems and Pain
  • Reducing Stress; Improving Sleep
  • Releasing Phobias, Anxiety & Panic Reactions
  • Dealing with Loss and Separation

Not sure what you would like to work on? Please contact me to help explore where and how we can improve your current situation.

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