Counseling vs. Coaching:
What's the Difference?
Both counseling and coaching are used to guide you to achieve your desired outcome by finding your own answers within.
Coaching will help you use your current strengths and resources and help you connect those to your solution. I offer leadership and relationship coaching to help people use more effective communication, improve trust, and stay cool under pressure.
Counseling is used when more inner resourcing is needed (updating software), or when maladaptive or old coping skills are in the way of accessing your ability to resolve your issue (removing a glitch in the software). Sometimes there is so much chaos that counseling helps you organize your thoughts to hear your guidance from within (disk defragmentation). I offer counseling for individuals who have experienced trauma and couples who need to improve the foundation before building skills. (If you are doing relationship work and want to use your insurance, make sure we've added sessions to assess, diagnose, and create a treatment plan to satisfy the medical necessity requirements of your insurance plan.)
While coaches may use more personal disclosure to encourage or challenge their clients, both counselors and coaches keep a healthy detachment which can feel like guiding lighthouse in the fog.
In either role, respect of your values and beliefs are maintained while new insights and skills will help you achieve clarity on your path of development.