What qualifications should I look for in a coach or counsellor?
A coach is only required to have a set of specific skills, but no advanced degree. They need to have excellent listening, communication, and organizational skills. They must be able to facilitate the client with an understandable map to reach their goals, and have the ability to guide the client into an introspective look at themselves, their life, their concerns, and what may be keeping them from the goals they want to achieve. An effective coach is able to reframe situations and suggest a new and different way of viewing the situation.
A counsellor is required to have obtained an advanced degree (a Masters or PhD in social work, counselling, or psychology along with a supervised practicum). All counsellors are trained in the above qualifications for coaches. Aditionally, a counsellor must be trained to recognize and speak the “emotional and talking style language” of the client. Unlike coaches, many counsellors also have training on how to identify and help you reprogram your unconscious behaviours.