What’s the difference between Counselling and Coaching?

There are many definitions of both counselling and coaching. Some people believe that they are entirely different processes whereas others believe they are very similar. My own view is that there are areas of crossover, and that there are many skills in common used by counsellors and coaches.

PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) defines counselling as “a safe and confidential collaboration between qualified counsellors and clients to promote mental health and wellbeing, enhance self-understanding, and resolve identified concerns.” Coaching is supporting a client in achieving specific goals by helping the client raise their own awareness, take responsibility, think through options and decide upon actions.

Some might say that counselling is focussed on the past and coaching the future, but in order to achieve your future goals you need to overcome emotional barriers from your past, so counselling may be required in a coaching process. And although counselling is focussed on overcoming concerns that may be rooted in the past, you want to make the future better so coaching can be useful to help clarify and work towards your goals. In the end, I believe the labels are less useful than the work that we do.

Whether you see me for counselling or coaching, you can expect a safe and supportive environment and a collaborative process intended to help you understand yourself better and achieve a happier and more fulfilled life.

Counselling & Coaching Services

I can offer you help with a variety of emotional and personal development issues, including the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Building self-esteem and confidence
  • Goal setting and planning
  • Career coaching
  • Life transitions, such as careers, starting study or work, post-relationship adjustment
  • Study and workplace stress and anxiety
  • ‘Accidental Counsellor’ training

Exam Coaching

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Ethics and Confidentiality

As a member of PACFA I am bound by its code of ethics. In particular this means that:

  • Anything you tell me is strictly confidential and will only be disclosed if necessary under law, for example to protect your life or that of others.
  • I will refer you on to another therapist if issues arise that present a conflict with our existing work or if a specialist therapist is required.

For further details of prices and timing, please contact me on 0403 569012 or email me at connie@carpediemperth.com

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