What Is Coaching?

 Both life and business coaching focus on an individual’s life as it relates to getting to the core of the client’s own desires.  Coaching encompasses prioritizing, looking at options/solutions, goal setting, goal clarification, creating optimal results and bringing forth new healthy behaviors that lead to greater success in business and in one’s personal life.  Clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.

No athlete would consider trying to reach excellence without a coach.  In the same way, a life/business coach helps the client reach excellence in their career and all aspects of their life.  Typically, clients work with a life or business coach for approximately six months to reach their desired goals.


Coaching is also an effective solution for businesses that are dealing with employee issues, or that just wish to enhance, communication skills within the workplace.  Life coaching is also effective for sports performance, as well as in a variety of personal explorations to a desired goal.  When hypnosis or neurofeedback is added to coaching, the process is sped up and desired outcomes are reached much more quickly and easily.

Coaching can be done in person, on the telephone or through on-line video sessions.

 How Do Coaching And Counseling Differ?

One of the fundamental differences between coaching and counseling is that counseling focuses on broader issues of healing, like unresolved psychological issues of the past. Counseling also deals with deleting subconscious negative programming that is sabotaging and holding back the client from their goals and having a balanced and successful life.

Coaching, on the other hand, has a narrower focus beginning with the present and assisting clients in setting very clear and specific goals to achieve.  Coaching helps the client gain new skills as well as to hone the skills they already have to improve performance at work and other areas in their life.

Both counseling and coaching, when properly done, will provide you with value and results.  However, differences lie in the purpose and methods of each.  Counseling and coaching are also dissimilar in the following aspects:

Profession Qualifications Of Coaches And Counselors:

A coach is only required to have a set of specific skills, but no advanced degree.  They need to have excellent listening and communication skills, organizational skills, 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 counselor is required to have obtained an advanced degree (a Master or PhD in Social Work, Counseling, or Psychology along with a supervised practicum), and is trained in the above qualifications for coaches.  Additionally, a counselor must be trained to recognize and speak the “emotional and talking style language” of the client.  Unlike coaches, many counselors also have training in how to remove subconscious blocks and negative programming that can sabotage desired results.


The Method:

Coaching helps the client to build confidence, be motivated, plan goals, have follow though and take action.

Counseling helps the client understand the reasons behind a problem, identify the blocks keeping them from achieving what they want, and then using techniques to remove the blocks and re-program what is stored in the subconscious mind to match their conscious positive intention for success.

The ideal combination for the best results is to work with a counselor who has an advanced degree, has undergone a rigorous supervised practicum, and who is also an experienced life or business coach.  This way you are assured of getting the best of both disciplines.