Coaching vs. Counseling

Coaching and counseling help clients move forward and establish a solid foundation of value and purpose.  

Counseling delves into past experiences and emotions to heal wounds, while coaching focuses on future-oriented goal-setting and skill-building. 

With coaching, clients harness strengths to overcome obstacles and achieve success, fostering empowerment and self-discovery.  With counseling, clients seek to understand how past experiences contribute to unhelpful behaviors.



Future-focused: work toward goals.Focus varies: Clients may need to first work to understand how past experiences impact the present before moving forward.
Action-oriented: client sets and works towards goals according to their values and beliefs.Action oriented but also exploratory: client may need to first understand the source of emotional responses and behaviors before moving forward.
Does not diagnose conditions, but serves as a sounding board when exploring choices, and promotes mindset and emotional management.Is able to treat common problems in living as well as significant mental health issues like clinical depression, active addiction, self-harm, trauma, complex relationship problems, etc.. 
Strategy focused. Encourage action and work towards goals that are typically straight forward and understood. New insights emerge but few "hidden issues" trouble the process.Work towards goals while allowing for flexibility and complexity as new insights occur. Often work with clients for longer periods.
Seek to empower and enable self-discovery through action, troubleshooting and bold experimentation.  Seeks to provide corrective emotional experiences and a safe place to process complex issues, enabling client growth and change.
Work alongside you as a partner.Licensed healthcare professional helping you in a boundaried clinical relationship.
Typically not covered by insurance insuranceCovered by insurance if accepted by the provider.

Don't know which to choose?