Counseling or Coaching: How Counseling and Coaching Differ in Their Approaches
Counseling: focuses on what to achieve in life now - may address the past in order to understand and remove its capacity to negatively affect progress. May work at a pace tailored to suit client's learning style.
Coaching: focuses on a person's present, helping them to create actionable strategies for achieving specific goals. The emphasis is on action and accountability - a coach may check up on progress.
Counseling: a minimum of a Master's degree is required along with passing the National Certification Exam and 2 years of Clinical Supervision with a board approved Clinical Supervisor
Coaching: anywhere from 3 - 9 months training
Counseling: Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Professional Counselor Interns must be registered with the state LLR and Board.
Coaching: there is no national regulation board - anyone can hang their shingle as a coach
Counseling: greater self-awareness, achievement in personal goals, improved happiness and overall well-being, increased confidence and ability to address future conflicts with improved awareness
Coaching: achievement of goals, skills and strategies; increased confidence and overall performance; increased confidence and performance at work in ways that can be used in the future
Counseling: some clients find therapy approaches too intrusive and feel that talk therapy where the counselor does not talk much uncomfortable
Coaching: some clients feel some coaches can be too pushy and do not understand the blocks the client has in place that may be impeding their progress
Rate of Change
Counseling: the speed at which change occurs depends on the complexity of the problem being addressed. Success may be achieved within 3 - 6 months on specific issues, and can take 12 - 24 months depending on the level of work the client is willing to put into their wellness
Coaching: coaching aims to facilitate clients to achieve change quickly because the problems tackled are more straightforward. Success can be achieved in 6 - 12 sessions or less, depending on the level of work the client is willing to put towards their goals