How counselling and coaching differ in their approach to helping people address issues in their lives.
Focuses on what client wants to achieve in life now. Will address past in order to understand and remove its capacity to negatively affect progress. Works at pace tailored to suit client’s learning style.
A minimum of 4-5 years training to qualify.
Qualified counsellors and psychotherapists must be registered with a UK recognised governing body that monitors good practice and safeguards clients. The largest are: UKCP, CPC and BACP.
There is a considerable body of recognised scientific evidence which demonstrates that psychotherapy is effective in treating a range of issues in particular: psychological wellbeing, depression, anxiety, stress, relationships, work, self-confidence.
Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, Stress Management, Career development, Work issues, Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem, Life Purpose, Bereavement, Trauma, Abuse, Addiction, Fertility.
Excel in helping you build personal and psychological wellbeing and confidence, overcome blocks to success, particularly deep rooted blocks that coaches are not trained to address.
Old school therapies, which focus too much on the past can frustrate some clients. Some newer therapies can be more interactive and future focused (see Different Approaches below)
Greater self-awareness, achievement of personal goals, improvements in happiness, wellbeing. Increased confidence and ability to address future challenges effectively.
Some clients find therapy approaches where the therapist does not say much, very uncomfortable -this style can be present in “old school” therapies such as psychodynamic or psychoanalytic.
Find a therapist that really “gets you”. In the first meeting you want to feel they can help you achieve the outcome you want. If you don’t get that feeling, check out the next person.
Newer Pro-active Types: Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Integrative Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt. Old School Therapies: Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic.
Most commonly face to face meetings, weekly, fortnightly or ad hoc. Also available via Skype, telephone and email.
Most commonly weekly sessions. Also do fortnightly and ad hoc appointments.
The speed within which change occurs depends on the complexity of the problem being addressed‘ Success can be achieved within 3 to 6 sessions on specific issues. more complex issues can take 12, 24 or longer depending on client’s desired level of change‘
Understand how the past affects present and how to change negative effects – fully trained to address the past.
Therapist helps client: clarify goals, understand blocks to achieving them, recognise how roots of unhelpful habits interfere with progress, provide identity alternative strategies where useful.
Collaborative, goal focussed, educational, intuitive, challenging when appropriate.
Focuses on a person’s present, in order to help them create actionable strategies for achieving specific goals. The emphasis is on action and accountability. A coach may chase and check up on progress.
Anything from 3 to 9 months to qualify
There is no nationally recognised governing body. Anyone can call themselves a coach and work with people. The client has no rcourse if they have concerns about a coach’s ethical practice.
Coaching is still relatively new. There is little recognised evidence for the effectiveness of coaching. Some studies conducted by coaching organisations indicate it is helpful in the workplace for; performance, career development and team building.
Personal Development Career development Business Development Executive Coaching for Individuals Teams or Organisations Sports coaching.
Excel in providing strategies and exercises that can help you clarify goals and the steps needed to achieve them.
Old school therapies, which focus too much on the past can frustrate some clients. Some newer therapies can be more interactive and future focused (see different approaches below).
Achievement of goals, skills and strategies learnt which improve working relationships, increase confidence and performance at work and can be used in future.
Clients report some coaches are too pushy and do not fully ; understand the blocks which make the client unable to take action or feel motivated. This can be unnecessarily shaming for clients.
Find a coach that really “gets you”. In the first meeting you want to feel they can help you achieve the outcome you want. If you don’t get that feeling, check out the next person.
Solution Focused Coaching Values Based Coaching Non Directive Coaching Directive Coaching Content Focused Coaching Goal Focused Coaching Neuro Linguistic Programming NLP coaching.
Most commonly by telephone, also face to face meetings, Skype and email.
Maybe once a week or a month or ad hoc when needed.
Coaching aims to facilitate clients to achieve change quickly because the problems it tackles are straightforward. Success can be achieved within 6 to 12 sessions, some clients work for years with a coach. For complex issues coaches may refer clients to counselling or psychotherapy to help them unblock their potential.
Understanding the past in the context in which future goals are set – limited training in addressing impact of past.
Coaches have a range of questions to help client understand blocks to success and develop strategies to move forward.
Collaborative, goal focussed, educational, challenging, chase up on progress and tasks set.