SISTER W.E.L.L.S offers specialty services to meet the needs of those looking for personalized counseling or wellness coaching programs for corporate, community, or individual use. Our programs are designed to promote holistic health, increase coping skills, and give clients an achievable lifestyle plan. We focus on turning your goals into action!
Difference Between Coaching & Counseling
- The biggest difference between most coaches and counselors is their educational requirements.
- Licensed counselors have had education and training in human development, human sexuality, family systems, ethics, research, and a variety of counseling strategies. Furthermore, they have had many, many hours of supervised training around how to be effective as helpers.
- In contrast, a Life Coach, Career Coach, Executive Coach or Relationship Coach is not required to have any training or education in coaching at all. Literally anyone can call themselves a “Life Coach” and go into business as such. So if you’re looking for a coach do be sure to make sure that they have had at least some basic training in coaching. Look for a “Certified Life Coach” or “Board Certified Coach” credential.
- Counselors are required to maintain very strict ethical guidelines around the way they handle professional boundaries and confidential information with their clients. Because there is not any regulation or educational requirements for life coaches, ethical standards for coaches are highly variable. Furthermore, coaches are not beholden to the same guidelines around client confidentiality or professional boundaries.
The Overall Goal Differences:
Though all people could find both Counseling and Coaching helpful at some point in their lives, how should one decide which is most appropriate at a specific time in his or her life? By gaining a deeper understanding of what the differences are between Counseling and Coaching, one may determine which form of help is best for him or her!
Counseling is often times conducted for the use of revisiting one’s past and finding healing from his or her wounds. Many people suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Multiple Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and many other disorders. These disorders commonly result from issues in a client’s childhood or early adult life. The way that many people cope with disorders, stressors, anxiety, depression, and grief depends on the person, but many people will react in the form of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, anger, frustration, avoidance, or other coping tactics. The goal of Counseling is for clients to recover from their past wounds and move towards a lifestyle of healing, finding freedom from their pain.
On the other hand, Coaching is a helpful method that looks toward the future. Coaching is for people who desire to see improvement and beneficial change in their lives. Rather than healing from the past, Coaching looks forward and asks the question, “How can we improve your lifestyle and meet your goals?” Coaching strives to make challenging goals and meet those goals by utilizing intense accountability and motivation. Coaches often work with specific people depending upon their personal goals. Some people may seek Coaching for help in the business world, for growth in relationships, or even to reach their potential from a wellness standpoint. Coaching can be conducted on countless different topics, but it always looks toward the future and the goals clients have set.
Counseling and Coaching focus on two different time frames, Counseling looks at the past while Coaching looks at the future. Both Counseling and Coaching focus on how to make the present time a productive asset to one’s life. Although many people could benefit from Counseling for several years to completely heal from their past hurt, Coaching offers a goal-oriented approach towards life. Both Counseling and Coaching have the client in mind, the ultimate goal is to enable clients to become the best that they can be.