Coaching v Counselling (briefly!)

Coaching v Counselling (briefly!)

I am often asked about the difference between coaching and counselling, so that’s the focus for today – the short version is that although there are a lot of similarities and parallels, there are also some key differences.

In general, both seek to help individuals make changes that they want to make, in a confidential setting. Many of the values and skills that underpin counselling such as listening, unconditional positive regard and empathy, apply to coaching also. They often use similar techniques to one another and many coaching tools are grounded in counselling or therapeutic models. And there are 100s of schools of counselling…