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How is Life Coaching different to Counselling?

asked Nov 22, 2016
840 PointsSilver
Life Coaching is a talking consultation where the Life Coach aims to help and empower others to achieve their goals in their personal and professional life. It also involves evaluating where they are in life now and supporting them to take the steps needed towards their future goals.

Life Coaching involves more action from the client between the sessions and focuses on moving forward to achieve goals, whereas counselling is focused on letting go of the past.
Nov 22, 2016
+7 Votes
16060 PointsGold
Life coaching is more future-oriented, focused on the goals you want to achieve and helping you work through whatever limiting beliefs and behaviors are holding you back from achieving them.  

Counseling is more past-oriented, focused on working through negative experiences you’ve had in order to heal from them and move forward.

There is some crossover here, however, because when you move forward toward your goals, old stuff from the past inevitably comes up to be worked through and let go of so you can move forward.  The question is ultimately whether the primary goal is to move toward what you want and simply address whatever is in or on the way (more life-coaching related), or whether you are still in a place where you feel it necessary primarily to fix or move away from what you don’t want and this needs to be resolved first before you can even begin to identify what you really want to work toward (more counseling related).

Also, often, but not always, life coaching is more focused on getting someone from okay or good to spectacularly amazing, while counseling is more focused on getting someone from nonfunctional to okay.

If you’re ready to take your life to the next level, identifying and articulating some clear goals and addressing anything in or on the way to spectacularly amazing, contact me for a free coaching session and let’s get started!
Jan 7, 2017
+6 Votes
4710 PointsGold
Hi. Because we are not trained to delve into your mind like counselors or therapists are. We do not diagnose or prescribe either. We are a more holistic approach.
Jul 27, 2017
+1 Vote