Coaching or Counselling?

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What is the difference between Coaching and Counselling?

I am often asked by people experiencing personal and relationship problems what the difference is between Relationship Coaching and Counselling. They also want to know how I can help them to move forward in their lives and improve their relationships.

Counselling and coaching are similar in some aspects yet very different in others. Coaching revolves around personal and relationship growth and transformation without the mental health aspects on which counselling is primarily focused. As a Coach I do not attempt to diagnose, treat, or manage any mental health issues. My role is to help clients understand exactly what is going on in their lives and relationships, work with them to figure out what they are going to do about it and then take action to change it.

While coaching may involve a discussion of past relationships and other times in your life, it is not like counselling where the effect of childhood experiences in your life are often examined. Coaching is for the present moment and present concerns and looks at how to change these for the better in the future.

I often work with people who are having problems personally and in their relationships and they initially come to me feeling confused, hurt, lost and unhappy.

My coaching sessions give clients a safe and private place to explore what’s really going on for themselves, and with others in their lives (as the two are inextricably interlinked), and in between sessions they are able to make even more progress by completing effective tasks to move them towards their goals (their aims for counselling/coaching).

Clients come back each session having transformed, grown and learnt a lot about themselves, their relationships and their life. As the sessions progress they come to realise what’s been holding them back from living the life they really want, they start changing their lives and doing what they need to in order to be happy and balanced both personally and in their relationships.

The key difference between coaching and counselling is that coaching focuses on the doing as well as the talking. Where counselling often takes place over months or years, coaching can be a short term process. Coaching focuses on real change and can achieve this in a short term period with speed and effectiveness. As a coaching client, you can realistically begin fixing your relationship problems (whether you attend alone or as a couple) and your relationship with yourself within a few coaching sessions.

As a certified Relationship and Infidelity Recovery Coach, I am 100% invested in, passionate about and skilled at helping my clients transform their lives and achieve their personal and relationship goals.

Should you be considering coaching, contact me today for a free 30 minute initial session! I guarantee you will learn new things about yourself and your relationships that are very important to helping you move forward and transform your life, from the very first session you attend!

Amanda Harrigan

m 0433 536 926