Counselling & Coaching
While I practice, and am a qualified registrant in, both Clinical Counselling and Life & Leadership Coaching, it is important to clarify the distinction between these different approaches…
The following is a rephrased quote from the Institute for Life Coach Training (my alma mater), which helps explain the differentiations between these approaches:
Differences between Coaching and Counselling:
Psychotherapy (counselling) generally deals with emotional/behavioral problems, challenges, or disruptive situations – and seeks to bring the client to their individual “optimal” functioning by focusing on their “dysfunction” and augmenting a healing change process. Therapeutic goals are developed collaboratively, and respectfully, during the first session. Therapy is usually done in-person, although at times, it may be done over the telephone. Counsellors support and help their clients.
Coaching deals with “functional” persons who want to move toward “higher function” and achieve excellence while creating an extraordinary life. Coaching is a process similar to brief solution-focused therapy techniques that therapists use for less serious psycho-emotional problems and life stresses. Coaching goes beyond problem solving. Coaching co-creates a life for the client that is purposeful and focused. This is achieved through holding the client accountable to their own stated hopes and goal actions. Coaching is frequently more directive than therapy, does not focus on the client’s “feelings” so much as it addresses client’s desires and preferred behaviours (life actions). Coaching pragmatically assists people to have more of what they want and less of what they don’t want.
I offer face-to-face and remote (for those living outside service areas or with barriers to accessing face-to-face services) counselling services and collaborative clinical supervision from my office in Vancouver.
An important advantage in conducting coaching sessions remotely (over the telephone, email and/or on-line video) is that you have a convenience of options to suit your schedule and specific needs. Our work will progress from the comfort and privacy of your own locale.
Remote counselling is not suitable for everyone, nor all counselling aims, and is only available after an assessment interview is conducted.
If you have any questions regarding my services, or what may be most suitable for your unique circumstances, I encourage you to connect with me for a Free ½ Hour Telephone Consult.
Please view the “Services + Pricing” page for further details.
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