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Is coaching like counselling?

Both the coaching and counseling professions are about helping people to move forward in their lives. The key difference between counseling and coaching is that coaching focuses on the present – where clients are now, where they want to be, and concrete action steps to achieve their preferred futures.

Counseling tends to be more problem-focused and places a lot of emphasis on understanding the past. Whereas coaching has a more solutions-focused approach from the outset and focuses on the present and future intentions. It is 100% focused on clients achieving their goals as quickly and easily as possible.

Unlike therapists or counselors, life coaches aren’t looking for the roots of certain behaviors. However, some clients may present with much deeper issues, such as clinical depression, or repetitive sabotaging behaviors that are deep-rooted and hard to shift. Counseling is a highly specialized skill and to practice as a counselor you need a tertiary qualification in counseling. For this reason and for the client’s safety they would benefit best from working with a counselor and you should refer them to an appropriate practitioner.

 

What does counselling cost?

Each session ranges in price from between NZD$175- NZD$250 per session. This depends on the experience on the presenting issues and the experience and credentials of the counselor

 

How does it work?

Each session involves a combination of specifically designed tools) and either one-to-one personal, email, telephone or Skype counseling sessions. The “tools” may involve “talk-therapy” workbooks, card sorts, and online assessment. In consultation with me, you will decide which tools and exercises will best meet your needs and how many counselling sessions you need

The Counselling sessions are normally one hour in duration

“Homework” activities are set between sessions to reinforce learning and empower you with the skills and knowledge to continue managing your life once the counseling has ended.

A minimum of one week between sessions is recommended to allow for “homework” exercises.

Most programmes are completed within a one-six month period – but you can also return for more.

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