Counselling and Coaching Services

Coaching and counselling are two different methods that you can use to reach your personal or professional goals. Coaching is focused on helping you build confidence, be motivated, plan goals, and take action. Counselling helps you understand the reasons behind a problem, identify the blocks keeping you from achieving what you want, and then uses specialized techniques to help you overcome those blocks.

For the best results, you want to work with a counsellor who also has experience as a life or business coach. This way you are assured of getting the best of both disciplines.

Coaching and Counselling Can Help With

Coaching is great for people who want to:

  • Set new personal or professional goals
  • Gain confidence
  • Bring forth new healthy behaviours
  • Achieve greater success in one’s personal or professional life
  • Better deal with employee issues
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Enhance athlete performance
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Coaching and Counselling are most effective when paired with Hypnotherapy or Neurofeedback. When these methods are added to coaching, the process is sped up and desired outcomes are reached much more quickly.

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What is Coaching & Counselling and How Do They Work?

What is the difference between coaching and counselling?

One of the fundamental differences is that counselling focuses on broader issues of healing, for instance an unresolved psychological issue from the past. Counselling addresses your unconscious programming that may be holding you back from achieving your goals.

Coaching has a narrower focus beginning with the present, and involves setting very clear and specific goals to achieve. Coaching will help you gain new skills as well as hone the skills you already have to improve performance at work and in other areas of your life.

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Do I need to pick between either coaching or counselling?

At Vital Synergy Mind Fitness we have counsellors who have an advanced degree, who have undergone a rigorous supervised practicum, and who also have experience as a life and business coach. This way you are assured to get the best of both disciplines. Your counsellor will work with you to evaluate your goals, and then use a balance of coaching and counselling that is best suited towards helping you reach those goals.

Do I need to meet with my counsellor or coach in-person?

No. Some people prefer to meet in-person and for those individuals we have a comfortable office in North Vancouver where you can meet with your counsellor or coach. Alternatively, counselling and coaching can be done over the telephone or through online video calls.

How does it work?

Depending on the concerns presented, a variety of theraputic methods may be employed. Our counsellor, Nicklas Ehrlich, is trained in the following techniques:

General Techniques

  • Body Centred Psychotherapy
  • Brief Therapy
  • Coaching (Business, Life, Career, Health & Wellness)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Educational Kinesiology (Brain Gym Exercises)
  • EFT
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Energy Psychology & Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Art Therapies
  • Focusing Techniques
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Goal Attainment & Mission / Vision Statement Training
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Hypnotherapy & Teaching Self-Hypnosis Techniques
  • Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Life Transitions Counselling
  • Meditation (individuals, couples, families, and business parters)
  • Mindfulness Approaches
  • NLP
  • Pain Management
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Process Work
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Transpersonal Counselling
  • Traumatic Incident Reduction
  • Visualization Techniques

Business Coaching Oriented Techniques

  • Business Partnership Coaching
  • Communication Skills Training & Seminars
  • Emotional Intelligence Skills Training & Seminars
  • Leadership Skills Training & Seminars
  • Motivating and Energizing Techniques Training & Seminars
  • Stress Management & Resiliency Techniques & Seminars

Family Oriented Techniques

  • Child/Adolescent Centred Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Family Therapy
  • Separation and/or Divorce Counselling

I visited Nicklas with a stress level that was through the roof. A busy work schedule had been infringing on my personal life for quite some time. I had lost my ability to balance both while maintaining a manageable stress level. When I was at work I would worry about not making enough time for family and friends, and when I was with family and friends I would worry about work. I was completely out of balance.

After just one short visit with Nicklas (where I had countless ‘ah-ha’ moments), I felt a thousand times better. She helped me compartmentalize my life, address the areas that I had been ignoring, and identify the areas that were causing most of the stress. Every time I see Nicklas she provides more clarity in my life. My work will likely never slow down, but she has given me the ability to organize myself and be more productive in all facets of my life.

Jon Glougie, CFP R

Originally I started seeing Nicklas to help conquer my fear of public speaking. I didn’t understand why this fear had such control over me. Nicklas equipped me with tools to deal with my fear and helped me to uncover the hidden unconscious reasons that were behind my reaction.  I began to see and feel immediate results in my daily life after our first meeting.  I am now able to stand up and speak about my business concisely and with confidence.

With Nicklas’ coaching, I was not only able to overcome my fear of public speaking, but I also learned invaluable life strategies.  Through our sessions I was able to access subconscious patterns that were self-defeating and holding me back in other aspects of my life including my relationships, both personal and professional, my self esteem, and my health.  Working with Nicklas has improved all aspects of my life, and has been a vital component to the ongoing success of my massage therapy practice.  I highly recommend Nicklas Ehrlich as a life coach and counsellor.  She provides a safe, compassionate, supportive and comfortable environment as well as an incredible base of knowledge and wisdom from her years of experience and expertise to help guide you on your path to success.

Kayla Ruddock, RMT

We first came to see Nicklas for business consulting. We are partners in business and in life, and we wanted to work more effectively together. Nicklas gave us the tools to run our business and this also flowed over into our personal life. We learned how to define our own areas of expertise in the business, clarifying each of our roles. This helped to prevent any clashes in the workplace and at home. We are now more effective in communicating, listening, and negotiating our lives so that both of us enjoy being with each other. We no longer experience a tug of war, it is easier to get our needs met and we both feel happier. Our relationship is no longer focused on the day to day power struggles and we are now free to focus on building a healthier future together.

The most important area of concern for us was dealing with family trauma around our daughter, and the help we received to live through it. Had we not had the benefit of her expertise and support we believe we wouldn’t have recovered as quickly, if at all, and may have been stuck longer, if not forever. Because of her help, we were able to move forward with our life.

Linda and James Precious, Business Owners

Frequently Asked Questions about Coaching and Counselling

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.

Are appointments in-person, virtual, or over the telephone?

We offer appointments in-person in our office in North Vancouver, telephone appointments, as well as appointments via a secure online video platform. Your initial 30-min free consultation will be a telephone or online video appointment, you can select whichever you prefer when you book, but appointments after that can be in-person if you would prefer that.

Will insurance cover my appointment?

If you have an extended health insurance plan you may be able to use your benefits to cover part or all of your appointment cost. Plans can vary, so please check if your policy provides coverage for counselling services provided by either a Registered Clinical Counsellor or a Certified Canadian Counsellor. If you do, you can be reimbursed for your appointment cost through your insurance company at the rate that is detailed in your plan.

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We can help you design the best package for your individual needs. Book your free 15-min consultation today, and we can start working together towards achieving your goals.

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