Coaching and counselling are two different ways of supporting people’s healing and growth. They each have their own focus, goals and methodologies, and some of the key differences and similarities are outlined below:
- Coaching helps you to move from the present (where you are now) to the future (where you want to be). It is solution-focused because it involves personal and/or professional development to help you to achieve your desired goals. The coaching process helps you to move forward by working through your psychological obstacles, which are typically negative thoughts and limiting beliefs. This can be achieved by re-framing them (seeing things in a different light) or healing the emotional wounds that underlie the negative thoughts and limiting beliefs that are currently holding you back.
- Counselling helps you to move from the past (childhood traumas, deficient feelings and limiting beliefs) into the present (your capable, resilient and mature adult self). It’s aim is to free your from unhelpful emotional issues, so it is a problem-centred therapy. The counselling process involves exploring your past experiences, emotions and beliefs to gain insight into, and relief from your current challenges. So, counselling helps you to understand and cope with your emotions, improve your psychological wellbeing, and develop qualities that can help you to better face life’s challenges.
The key differences are that counselling has a more emotional focus, whereas coaching has more of a mental focus. And counselling helps to free you from unhelpful aspects of your past, whereas coaching helps you to move forwards into your desired future. So, both modalities help you to move forward in time, they both involve growth, they both require curiosity and courage, and they both require you to look and feel into what is holding you back.
A typical session with Lee may involve some coaching and some counselling because the modalities overlap, and the human psyche is a tangled web of thoughts and emotions. You’ll get what you need, based upon what your system wants to reveal and heal, so you can grow and thrive.