Coaching vs. Counseling: What is the difference?
- Coaching is future focused, goal oriented and does not require looking back into childhood issues. People who seek coaching are stuck in one or two areas of their lives, but otherwise function well. They want to achieve success in a particular area of their lives. Counseling tends to be remedial…fixing something that was broken in the past which significantly interferes with a persons ability to live a full and satisfying life.
- Coaching is not reimbursable by health insurance because it is NOT a medical or mental health profession. There are no ICD-10 codes or diagnoses.
- Coaching is usually done virtually, i.e. via phone, email, SKYPE/videoconferencing, text or chat. This makes it convenient, as you do not have to travel, leave home or the office. All you have to have is an internet connection. Then, you can work with anyone in the world. Counseling is primarily done in person, which limits you to local providers.
- Coaching tends to be time limited and highly focused on specific desirable changes. Most counseling is open-ended…taking as long as needed to fix the problem.
- A coach is a facilitator, not a content expert. In other words, a coach will help you through a process to get you unstuck, but they won’t tell you what to do and how to do it.