Since the 1980’s there has been a growing interest in the field of “coaching”. There are several different types of coaching, e.g., Executive, Personal, Career, etc., and each serves a specific function related to helping a client achieve desired results. With the rise of coaching as a profession have come questions concerning the differences between the practice of coaching and counseling. We have described these two different services in an effort to help you decide which one is right for you.
What is Coaching?
According to the International Coach Federation, coaching is an ongoing relationship between the professional coach and the client, which focuses on the client taking action toward the realization of their vision, goals or desires. Coaching uses a process of inquiry and personal discovery to build the client’s level of awareness and responsibility and provides the client with structure, support and feedback.
Most coaches have some formal coach training and are either certified or in the process of being certified by training programs accredited by the International Coach Federation.
Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.
Coaching clients are often high functioning, solution-focused individuals who are seeking assistance in moving forward in their lives with greater motivation, clarity, passion and direction. Coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and created to accomplish great things.
Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve;
Encourage client self-discovery;