Ever feel like you don’t know which way to go, whether to move forward or stay where you are? There are times when individual attention is needed to address your concerns or issues. Individualcoaching is designed to assist you with those concerns that cannot be addressed when in a group setting. Coaching is not counseling, it is specifically different.
What is Professional Coaching?
ICF defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole”. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
- Encourage client self-discovery
- Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
- Hold the client responsible and accountable
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential. Although professional coaching has similiar strategies as counseling, it is not counseling.
What is Professional Counseling?
According to the American Counseling Association “counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health”.
What is the main difference between Professional Coaching vs. Counseling?
Although both coaching and counseling aim to help the client achieve wellness; the main difference between the two fields is coaching works with individuals who may be stuck moving forward in life and need help navigating those stuck areas. Counseling provides mental health treatment services, just like a physician provides medical services when you may not be feeling well. Counseling provides treatment to help you cope with areas that are interferring with your normal day to day functioning. Coaching does not provide treatment, but offers classes/sessions to address stuck areas such as adjusting to work/college, financial concerns or overcoming barriers that may occur in life but does not interfer with your normal functioning.