In my practice I employ a hybrid method that utilizes both counselling and coaching. This approach is based on a model developed by clinical social worker and master coach Lynn Grodzki which she has called “Therapy with a Coaching Edge”. If we work together I will decide along with you whether a coaching or counselling approach is best suited to you and your situation. We can switch back and forth between these two approaches depending on your specific needs and wants in each session. My tendency is to lean more towards a coaching approach.
The below table compares and contrasts counselling and coaching approaches.
|Shorter term||Longer term|
|Faster paced focused on actions and making decisions||Slower paced focused on processing and insight|
|Helps you to set and achieve goals in order to make concrete change in your life||Helps you to express your thoughts and feelings|
|You are the expert and the coach is there to motivate and empower you||Counsellor role is as mental health expert giving you evidence-based treatment|
|Coach voices their own thoughts and opinions||Counsellor primarily listens and lets you talk|
|Focuses more on the present and future||Focuses more on the past|