On today’s Called to Coach, Jade Wood, a licensed psychotherapist and a Gallup Subject Matter Expert, and Jim, discuss the difference between coaching and therapy or counseling. What are the differences between coaching and counseling? And what unites the two? While there is a great overlap in the purpose of coaching and counseling, such as improving a person’s quality of life and creating self-awareness, the ways in which the counselor is used during sessions is very different. A counselor is there to help someone work through old wounds or trauma. Their role can shift during treatment as the patient works out what happened to them.
What is the tell-tale sign of someone who is beyond the realm of coaching and needs to seek therapy or counseling instead? When there is any pattern of addiction, or if you’re noticing a lot of one emotion, like sadness, depression or anger, there is probably a deeply rooted issue that needs more than coaching. It is good to have a network of counselors available for referral in these instances. Jim and Jade further discuss how to approach these sensitive topics and where to draw the line between coaching and counseling.