Coaching vs. Traditional Counselling/
A simple way to understand the differences between coaching and traditional counselling/therapy is that coaching's main focus is on a clients' goals and life changes they would like to make. It is important for the public to know, when they are searching for 'help' from a professional, what type of professional exactly would be of most benefit to them and their needs.
'Life Coaches' in Ontario (excluding those who are also registered counsellors, social workers, psychologists or psychotherapists) must not practice the Protected Practice of Psychotherapy. Coaches also do not treat or attempt to address a client's diagnosable mental health issue(s) (if present) (E.g. Major-Depressive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Bipolar I or II Disorder, Personality Disorders etc.). While some coaches, such as myself, may hold degrees in counselling and therapy, only certain aspects of counselling and it's models/techniques are utilized. This is the case in my practice as I, when appropriate, provide a 'hybrid' of coaching with certain counselling models/techniques woven into what I like to refer to as 'Life Skills Counselling.' By taking this approach I am able to help my clients navigate life's obstacles, manage their stress and address the fears that often accompany one's journey in producing positive changes in their lives and achieving their goals.