Grace Ballard, MA, LPCC  |  Contemplative Psychotherapy

What’s the difference between
Counseling and Coaching/Mentoring?

What is Counseling?

“Counselling is a contractual arrangement when a counsellor meets a client in privacy and confidence to explore a difficulty, distress they may be experiencing, perhaps their dissatisfaction with life or loss of a sense of direction or purpose.”
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

 

What is Coaching?

“Coaching is establishing with the client what their reality is today. Then clearly defining what are the client's aims or intentions for the future. The Coach works with the client to produce a plan of action that the client can follow with confidence.”
Coaching & Mentoring International (CMI)

 

Similarities

Both Coaching and Counseling are talking therapies.

Coaching and Counseling are similar in that the process relies heavily on the relationship, and on the need for the Counselor or Coach to be empathic, congruent and non-judgemental in their work with clients. Both require enhanced listening skills, an ability to reflect, provide feedback, demonstrate honesty and gain trust.

1.

Coaching

  • Action and progress driven
  • Future oriented
  • Focus on future goals
  • Focus on inner resources to develop new competencies
2.

Counseling

  • Process driven
  • Here and now or past focus
  • Focus on problem
  • Explores patterns of behavior and causes in order to find understanding and solution

Issues for Coaching and Counseling

1.

Coaching

  • Life assessment
  • Career management and Progression
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Relationship development
  • Business Development
  • Confidence
  • Time Management
  • Decision Making
  • Assertiveness
  • Change Management
2.

Counseling

  • Persistent Anger
  • Relationship Struggles
  • Unhealthy Stress
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual Issues
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Addiction
  • Self Harm
  • Mental health Issues

More about Coaching

Coaching addresses personal growth, development and effectiveness issues. According to one definition (Downey, 1999) coaching is “… the art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another.” Coaching is a relative newcomer to the field of personal change, although it has roots in the personal growth and human potential movement of the 1960s, on the one hand, and sports and music coaching on the other. It also has strong links with the field of executive development exemplified in such popular books as Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

Coaching can be stretching, stimulating and supportive. It provides a confidential space in which clients can talk about what’s on their mind, share insights, think the unthinkable, come up with alternatives and rehearse their next steps. It’s an enjoyable, rewarding and enriching experience, giving the client an opportunity to share new ideas or problem solve with an outside party who understands them and their business.

 

Coaching can help clients:

  • Build healthy and fulfilling relationships.
  • Fine tune interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Discuss how to handle situations that you can’t discuss elsewhere.
  • Confide in someone who understands what you’re facing.
  • Develop as a person, as a leader and take your team to the next level.
  • Be able to step back and look at your work from a different perspective.
  • Manage stress, change, conflict and crisis.
  • Enhance your personal impact and performance.

Remote Coaching can happen from anywhere.

We meet by video call, and I help you contribute to the world in a meaningful way, to live your purpose and pursue your dreams. Managing your mind and your thoughts can be the most important work you will ever do.

Mentoring happens where you are.

I join you in your daily life to help you implement therapeutic goals. There are many ways you can utilize me as a mentor. Here are a few examples of activities we might do together:

 

  • Exercise and develop a fitness plan
  • Shop for and prepare healthy meals
  • Organize and complete work tasks
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Clean and organize your home
  • Create and maintain a budget
  • Develop your resume and apply for positions
Develop healthy relationships, increase productivity and practice healthy habits.

You and I collaborate to help you shift habitual patterns and make more conscious and beneficial choices. I specialize in working through repetitive character patterns that limit your ability to cope effectively in your partnership, family, work or peer relationships. I help you find the balance in your life that you have been missing. As you gain self-sufficiency, confidence follows. I can help you discover your passion and start using your gifts in a positive way.

Coaching can be stretching, stimulating and supportive. It provides a confidential space in which clients can talk about what’s on their mind, share insights, think the unthinkable, come up with alternatives and rehearse their next steps. It’s an enjoyable, rewarding and enriching experience, giving the client an opportunity to share new ideas or problem solve with an outside party who understands them and their business.