There are similarities between life coaching and counselling, such as asking thought provoking questions, listening to hear and understand and noticing patterns of behaviour in people’s lives, but they are definitely not the same thing.
Counselling deals with more serious issues, such as clinical depression, severe anxiety, severe panic attacks, major phobias, OCD, moving beyond neglect or abuse or abandonment to name a few. An ethical coach would refer you to either your doctor or a counsellor for more specialist attention. In those circumstances, we are happy to stay involved however, if you would like us to, as an additional support available to you or your child.
Life Coaching gets people unstuck… you might be struggling with overwhelm, mild anxiety that is disrupting your day, can’t get past feeling sad after being let down, lacking confidence, feeling unmotivated or lost. You know you are ok but you just can’t shake these disruptive feelings and you are consciously aware that you want to make changes.
Life Coaching can help you achieve your goals. A coach can keep you accountable with a weigh loss challenge for example, if you have career or business goals a coach can help you stay on track. Accountability coaching is my favourite type of coaching, especially for adults. Having someone in your corner is priceless.