Coaching vs Counselling
At its heart, coaching deals with the present and future, whereas counselling deals with the past. You might seek out a counsellor if you were struggling with significant problems or dealing with impacts of past events. By contrast, a coaching relationship might be useful if you are generally happy with your life, or may even be highly successful, but need assistance to navigate a challenge or reach a goal.
Coaching works from the assumption that you are whole and able, providing support and guidance to help you find your own solutions. A coach does not pass judgement, provide advice, or tell you what to do. With the deep listening, incisive questioning and gentle guidance provided by a coach you’ll find all the answers you need inside yourself.
You may also be wondering what the difference is between ‘life coaching’ and ‘professional coaching’…. Not a whole lot really. I prefer to use the latter term, in keeping with the International Coach Federation, to indicate my degree of training, professionalism and adherence to best practice. Coaching is not regulated in New Zealand so anyone can call themselves a coach, trained or not. As a result ‘life coaching’ can give the wrong impression. Thus I am a professional coach, helping people with challenges they are facing in their personal or professional lives.