Coaching is about asking questions in a way that allows the other person to figure out their own way.
Counselling is about talking with the patient regarding their past traumas figuring out what’s right and wrong.
Coaching is a conversation by the end of which both people would have reached an elevated state of being. How they get there is by asking questions and looking to see the answers that might be there. It’s in the now process that helps you move from a disturbed space and into an opening.
Counselling is concerned with your past and your psyche or your cognition. It has more of a healing aspect to it. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy is part of the training curriculum for Counselling. CBT is about changing patterns in your mind’s behavior and therefore achieving relief.
Coaching doesn’t mean Counselling at all. No past traumas or re-patterning of the mind. It’s simply communication in the present moment that will allow the other person to get back in the flow. It’s for socially stable people and everyone else who doesn’t consider themselves in need of medical help or feels fucked up in the head. No. If I am your coach and I notice there are past issues that are coming up, I am in my full right to refer you to a specialist who deals with that kind of thing. If I am a good coach, I would discontinue coaching you and encourage you to find the right professional for your situation.
Coaching doesn’t blend into therapy, or mentoring, or counselling or consulting. Each one of these practices is different than the other and has its own purpose.
Therapy is very specific on you receiving the energy from a therapist.
Mentoring is when someone with a number of years of experience can teach you what they know.
Counselling is dealing with past issues.
Consulting is about providing a solution for you.
Coaching is about space holding, listening, questioning and engaging in a goal-oriented conversation with you.
Counselling the provision of professional assistance and guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems.
Coaching is a form of development in which an experienced person, called a coach, supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing training and guidance. The learner is sometimes called a coachee.
The major difference that gets me here is: problems and goals
Indeed, I help my people achieve their goals. I support myself using coaching to achieve my goals too. If it was a problem then indeed a counsellor is better suited for the job.
There you have it. Coaching is not like Counselling and if you are working toward achieving personal or professional goals, a coach will be of good use to you.
I am ending this writing with a reference to Life Coach Library’s article on Certified Life Coach. I think it will be a major discernment on your behalf to work with a certified life coach instead of someone who is proclaimed.
Thank you for reading.