Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What’s the difference between coaching and counseling (or therapy)?
According to the International Coaching Foundation (ICF), coaching is defined as “…partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential…This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.“
Coaching is a great option if you’re looking:
- To take a proactive, preventive approach to maximizing your emotional health.
- To close an existing gap (i.e. confidence, knowledge, skills, etc.).
- To gain clarity about how to move forward in a given area (i.e. career, life, etc.).
- For accountability as you define your personal and professional goals and identify potential obstacles.
- To increase your overall performance.
Counseling, on the other hand, is defined by GoodTherapy.com as “…the process of meeting with a therapist to resolve problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, and/or somatic responses (sensations in the body)“. Counseling is your best option when:
- A significant emotional/mental/psychological issue is discovered (i.e. major depression, substance abuse, etc.) and needs to be addressed.
- There are past traumas to recover from.
Professionals who identify as counselors (or therapist) hold varying master’s or doctorate degrees and have completed mandated state licensing requirements.
What role do I operate in?
I identify as a coach, and I refer prospective clients with behavioral, emotional or mental concerns to appropriate mental health professionals (i.e. a counselor, therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist) who can better meet their needs.
Do you only work with introverts and HSPs?
I gladly welcome working with individuals who don’t identify as having a quiet personality (as long as we’re a good coach-coachee fit).