Coaching versus Counselling

Coaching versus Counselling

How is Coaching Different to Counselling?

Sometimes I hear coaching and counselling used interchangeably and I think it’s important to understand the difference between these two so as a client, you actually know which is going to be most helpful for you.

Let’s start with the definitions of each, and break them down further from there.

Counselling

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The provision of professional assistance and guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems. The goal of Counselling is for clients to recover from their past wounds and move towards a lifestyle of emotional healing.

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The objective of counselling is to help people address and resolve problems that make them feel bad emotionally, or are impairing their ability to function effectively. This can include healing from Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, and many other common problems.

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It is understood that unless and until these problems are resolved it will be difficult for these people to make significant changes in their lives. Once they are feeling stronger and more confident, then they can start taking action to change their circumstances.

Coaching

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Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaches honour the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. (International Coaching Federation)

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Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaches honour the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. (International Coaching Federation)

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The objective of coaching is to create improvement and beneficial change in the client’s lives.  It is understood that without coaching, a client would still function effectively in their lives, though they may be held back in areas or not reach their full potential. 

Key Differences

Counselling

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Range of clients, from those with mental disorders, emotional issues, and higher functioning clients

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Clients often need assistance and direction in recovering from past events, more past focused work (though not entirely)

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Works predominately in the domain of emotions.

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Counsellor provides much more direction, a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Coaching

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Typically well functioning clients, who want to progress further and reach their potential.

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Coaching sessions are mostly future focused.

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Coach does not give advice or lead the conversation.  Rarely does a coach introduce a tool or resource, and only with the client’s permission.

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Clients are resourceful, and have the ability to find solutions, commit to actions and follow through.

Choosing Between Counselling and Coaching

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Objective

What is your objective? What are you trying to achieve in the sessions?

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    Counselling

    I need to heal from past emotional wounds, to be able to move forward living free from pain.

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      Coaching

      I need to create an action plan for the future to achieve a goal or shift a behaviour of mine.

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        Resourceful

        How able are you to move forward, find solutions and commit to new actions?

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          Counselling

          I feel that I need lots of support, direction, and tools to help me heal and move forward.

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            Coaching

            I feel that with a little support and the right questions, I can find solutions and commit to actions.

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              Mental Health

              How would you describe your mental health?  Have you had an mental health issues in the past?

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                Counselling

                I suffer from anxiety, depression, addiction,  low self esteem, or another mental health issue.  

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                  Coaching

                  I feel mentally strong, confident, and usually feel good.

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                    Qualifications

                    Once you’ve decided on a counsellor or coach, what qualifications should you look for? 

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                    Counselling

                    Best: University Degree in Counselling, and a post graduate Diploma / Masters in a specialty stream of counselling that aligns with the areas you want to work on.

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                      Coaching

                      Best: Coach that has completed an ICF accredited course, and is continuing their professional development as a current member of the ICF.

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                        What is Coaching?

                        What is Coaching?

                        Simply put, coaching is an insightful process led by the coach to support the client in gaining clarity of their issue, exploring underlying obstacles and determining paths to moving forward. The International Coaching Federation, which is the leading accreditation organisation globally for coaching, provides a thorough definition:

                        “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaches honour the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole.”

                        Erica Price Coaching exists to reinvent what is possible through self awareness and realising true potential.  Erica creates a safe, open space for you to explore and articulate what you really want and what is getting in the way.  Her approach is intuitive, insightful, and straight forward. Erica uses an integrated approach to coaching, pulling in techniques from ontological coaching, neurolinguistic programming, psychology, cognitive science, solution based coaching, sociology, and biology.

                          Key Attributes of Coaching Sessions

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                            Current Issues

                            The focus of the sessions are on current issues and moving into action for the future.

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                            Confidential

                            Everything discussed in a coaching session is confidential.  This creates a safe space for the client.

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                            About You

                            The coaching sessions are about the client and what is most benficial for them in the moment.

                            General Steps in Coaching Sessions

                            While every coaching session is unique, there are four general steps in the coaching process.  This insures that the coach is clear about what the client wants from the session and helps them move through the process in the allocated coaching time.

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                            Coaching Content

                            The content of the coaching session is always determined by the client.  At the beginning of the session, it is helpful to set an intention and desired outcomes for the session.

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                            Exploration

                            The coach creates a safe space for the client to explore all angles and perspectives of the coaching content.  The coach may provide tools and resources to support this exploration with the permission of the client.

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                            Solutions

                            The client generates possible solutions and analyses them with the coach’s support.  Together, the examine possible obstacles and hurdles that the client may experience in moving to a solution.

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                            Action Plan

                            The client decides on their course of action and waht they are commiting to action before the next session.  The coach holds the client accountable to the actions they’ve committed to.

                            The Roles of the Coach and Client 

                            Both the coach and the client have defined roles in a coaching relationship.  Understanding the difference in each role can help a coaching session run smoothly and effectively.

                            The Role of the Coach

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                            guides the process

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                            provides a safe space

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                            maintains confidentiality

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                            asks thought provoking questions

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                            offers insights

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                            challenges (with clients permission)

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                            shares tools & resources

                            The Role of the Client

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                            choose the content

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                            set desired session outcomes

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                            be open and honest

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                            set boundaries and voice any concerns as they arise

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                            decide on post sessions actions

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                            be accountable to commitments

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                            request follow up from coach

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                            Jump In! It’s Time to Act!

                            Jump In! It’s Time to Act!

                            There is no time like the present! (Proverb)

                            This blog post is about taking action, And taking action NOW!

                            Life Coaching is based on an underlying assumption that ALL clients know WHAT they want & HOW to get it – if they are given the right time & space to explore it.  This is a very powerful assumption and one that I believe 100%.

                            Though people can feel stuck, unmotivated, disillusioned, distracted, or unsure on their way to getting what they want, they still know what it is that they want.

                            So, what do you want? I mean, what do you REALLY want?

                            • to finish your first triathlon or ironman? to win your next race?
                            • to be healthy and fit your entire life?
                            • to be the best parent you can?
                            • to own your house?
                            • to excel at your job or business?

                            Are you well and truly on your way to getting there? Are you taking the most direct path to get there? Are you getting there as soon as you can?

                            Why not?  What is stopping or slowing you down?   Maybe you given yourself excuses or reasons not to act?    Maybe you are scared of changing, trying or failing?   Maybe you don’t believe you deserve to be happy, healthy or the best?

                            This post is to tell you, you DO deserve it and you CAN do it! And you can do it RIGHT NOW!  

                            Close your eyes, take a deep breath in, bend your knees and JUMP IN!

                            Body Intelligence

                            Body Intelligence

                            How well do you know your body? How often do you pay attention to it?

                            If you are reading my blog, it is likely that you are active and/or a competitive athlete so you may be more in touch with your body than the average person.  However, I’d be interested in hearing how often you scan your body during the day and pay attention to its messages & insights.

                            That’s right! Your body ‘talks’ to you BUT how often are you listening?

                            From a coaching perspective, the body is an essential part of your way of being.  It is the physical expression of thoughts, emotions & moods and often holds the key to what is really going on!

                             

                            Self Coaching Exercise

                            Tomorrow pick 3 times to scan your body, all the way from your toes to the top of your head.  Here are some questions to consider:

                            • Where are you holding tension? Why?
                            • What’s going on in your stomach? Butterflies? Tension? Are your abs engaged holding your posture upright?
                            • Any tension in your face? Around your eyes? Mouth? Jaw?
                            • How about your shoulders – Are they rolled down & back? Are they up around your ears?
                            AND…most importantly, what is your body telling you? Are there any physical shifts you would like to make to your body? How does this feel different?

                             

                            This post was inspired by the fantastic Alan Seiler workshop in Perth last week, thanks Alan!

                            Becoming a Life or Business Coach in Perth

                            Becoming a Life or Business Coach in Perth

                            How incredible exciting – I am 2 workshop days, 3 assignments and 1 exam (and celebration) away from graduating from the Winding Staircase’s Coach School Diploma of Professional Coaching!

                            Wow, what a journey it has been.  If anyone is looking to become a qualified as a Coach in Perth – this is the program to choose!  Here is my 5 top reasons why:

                            1. It’s based in Perth!

                            This means heaps of face to face interaction, practice coaching & building a supportive coaching community right here in Perth.

                            2. Loads of Coaching Practice

                            You get to practise coaching from the very beginning; in workshops, between workshops; with friends, family, co-coaches, co-workers.  And you get to be the coach, client & observer of many different coaching sessions to learn from different perspectives.

                            3. Learn from Mentor Coaches

                            Coach School is run by an incredibly inspiring & motivated coaches, who live & breath the magic of coaching.  In particular, their varied coaching styles, openness and humility create the perfect environment for becoming self aware & developing your inner coach.  Every semester you get paired with a different Mentor Coach for one-on-one sessions & support.

                            4. Learn different types of Coaching

                            Coach School introduces students to a vary of coaching tools & methods including the IGROW model, the Breakdown model, Vicious Cycles model, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Ontological Coaching and many more.  As a coach, you will always feel prepared & well resourced.

                            5. Assignments that Stretch & Grow You

                            Through all 3 semesters, you will complete assignments that succeed in catalysing deep self reflection & assist you to become more aware of your body, language & emotions. You will not hand in an assignment without learning something about yourself or your coaching!

                            Congrats to all my Coach School Co-Coaches graduating with me next month & Thank you to all the Mentor Coaches & Program Directors for making this journey a life-changing experience!