Counseling or Coaching: Which One Is Right for You?
Counseling tends to focus on introspection. Analyzing experiences and working through painful emotions in order to resolve issues and improve functioning are significant aspects of counseling. The role of the counselor includes diagnosing mental illness, treating mental health issues, and helping clients navigate the aftermath of traumatic experiences. This is not the role of a coach.
Counseling is typically for individuals who are having difficulty coping or regulating emotions, who are experiencing difficulty functioning, who feel overwhelmed by a life event, who need intervention due to pathological issues or disorders, and/or who need to resolve past issues and break destructive patterns.
Counseling also provides problem-solving techniques, tools, and interventions for overcoming depression, anxiety, phobias, and addictions.
Coaching is designed to help clients clarify goals, identify obstacles, recognize problematic behaviors, and see options for the purpose of targeting actions that lead to the client's desired outcomes.
The coach creates an environment in which:
If you would describe yourself as someone who is coping well with life but is looking for meaningful, personalized mindset shifts that lead to transformative living, coaching is worth exploring.