Counseling or Coaching: How Counseling and Coaching Differ in Their Approaches

Counseling or Coaching: How Counseling and Coaching Differ in Their Approaches

Primary Focus

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.

Training

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

Accountability

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

Client Likes

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

Client Dislikes

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

 

 

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