People often ask: Is Coaching the same as Counseling?
The answer is: It is not.
This table highlights some of the main differences:
|Focuses on the present and the future||Focuses on the past|
|Belief that the client is empowered||Belief that patient is broken/unwell|
|Involves goals and achievement||Involves therapeutic interventions|
|Focuses on action||Focuses on talking|
This is an important distinction. Coaching can help most people achieve their goals. However, if a coach suspects a client has some issues that are outside their realm of expertise then they will refer them to the appropriate professional. A coach should never attempt to counsel a client because this blurs the role of the coach, resulting in a weaker coaching relationship.
“True freedom comes from how you respond to life and not from what life does to you!” – Anonymous