Counselling or Coaching? 

Today, we’re all more open about the problems and issues we face in our lives and there’s more help available than ever before.

But how do you make sure you chose the right sort of help?  Should you chose counselling or coaching, for instance?

Counselling is about exploring emotional issues and experiences that may be troubling you such as anger, depression, grief and stress. (Psychotherapy may be the right choice if you’re dealing with issues from childhood.)

Coaching, on the other hand, can help you move forward when you’re facing personal development issues, such as dealing with conflict at work, communication problems or coping with uncertainty and change.

While counsellors and coaches can use common techniques – you may have heard of CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, for instance – it’s important to choose wisely to ensure you get the help you need.

Counselling is a therapeutic process to help you address or resolve issues that may be troubling you in a confidential, safe and non-judgemental way.  Recently CBT has become a popular, quick and effective way of treating anxiety, depression and stress, for instance.

In some cases, once you’ve finished seeing a counsellor and you feel ready to move on, a coach could help you to move forward, set and achieve any personal goals you may have either at work or in your personal life.

Coaching can pay real dividends if you’re keen to get on at work, improve your performance, go for a promotion or overcome other professional issues you may be facing.

Coaching is forward-looking and focuses on the positive outcome you want to achieve.   Your coach will help you set personal performance and development goals and make sure that you keep an eye on the progress you’re making.  You’ll be encouraged to celebrate your successes along the way.

It’s about challenging yourself and overcoming your limitations so that you can fulfil your potential.  Elements of Neuro-linguistic programming or NLP can help with a number of different areas such as goal setting and achievement as well as mindset or behaviour-change and overcoming personal limitations.

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