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What Is Coaching and Counseling?

The practice of coaching and counseling is growing and becoming widely acknowledged for their effective approaches in creating supportive relationships and empowering clients in reaching their life goals. Coaching and counseling are adaptable to almost every aspect of personal and professional development that an individual might aspire to.

Both coaching and counseling are wellness approaches of change facilitation and allow for personal transition on an individual basis. They involve establishing rapport with clients through listening, reflecting and cultivating an environment of honesty and safety. Coaches and counselors believe that it is necessary to build a strong relationship based on the client’s needs. As a result, coaching and counseling increases a client’s self-confidence in their own ability to select the focus of change and, collaboratively, to co-create the steps to accomplish change.

What's The Difference?

The relationship between professional counselors and life coaches is sometimes akin to that of step-siblings. They are loosely connected because they share the same family name –helping professional. And because of that name, those outside the “family” sometimes link the two.

Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations. It is aimed at helping clients discover their goals for improvement; define specific goals and strategies for reaching these goals and then enabling the client to achieve these goals. Counseling may contain coaching techniques; however, a coaching professional may never blur the boundary of providing counseling to a client without first, the education and licensure by the state they are practicing in, and secondly, without the consent of the client.

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