Counseling vs. Life Coaching
Counselors deal with a lot of clients that have been advised (usually by their family doctor) they need counseling services.
Life Coaching clients usually choose to hire a coach of their own volition.
Counseling will often look to the past to deal with issues. This can be time consuming, occasionally stressful for the client and by no means always necessary.
Life Coaching is solution and goal driven with the desire to help move the client as quickly as possible to where they want to be.
Counseling is not a quick fix and can last many months, even years.
Counseling usually requires the belief that there is something ‘wrong’ with the patient.
Life Coaching helps people from the starting point that they’re not broken in the first place.
Counseling tends to zone in on specific target areas or problems.
Life Coaching takes a more holistic approach and looks at the person as a whole and without any preconceptions of what is wrong.
Counselors are equipped to deal with people suffering from mental illness.
Life Coaches should never be dealing with clients that have a diagnosed mental illness. Unless that is, it’s with the full knowledge and approval of the medical person dealing with the case.
As well as the above, there is a different dynamic in the working relationship between a counselor or psychiatrist/psychotherapist and their patient than between a Life Coach and their client. The latter is much more a shared partnership with the coach being seen as a friend, partner, mentor, confidante etc.
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