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What is the difference in coaching and counseling?

First, let's talk about coaching. A coach works with clients to facilitate the ownership of skill-sets that encourage and support him or her to increase productivity, productiveness, and effectiveness. The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as:   “…partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to:  

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve

  • Encourage client self-discovery

  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies

  • Hold the client responsible and accountable

This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential” (ICF FAQ, 2021). Essentially, a coach " A life coach enables the person receiving treatment to take control of their life and take action to steer it toward their goals" (Robbins, 2021)

Second, therapy, also called counseling or psychotherapy, "is often along-term process in which a client works with a healthcare professional to diagnose and resolve problematic beliefs, behaviors, relationship issues, feelings and sometimes physical responses. The idea behind therapy is to focus on past traumas and issues to change self-destructive habits, repair and improve relationships and work through painful feelings. In this sense, therapy focuses on the past and on introspection and analysis, with the hope of resolving past issues and creating a happier, more stable future" (Robbins, 2021). 

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