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Mental Health Matters in Changing Times

In the last few years there has been a change in how people receive help with their mental health. There is a change from the medications taken to the type of support. Coaching is now a big thing and overshadows counseling in a lot of peoples opinions. Between the two, Counseling is the only one with a governing body and required to have a license. The differences are never really mentioned but are one in the same, it only depends on which part of life you're are focusing on. 

Counseling vs. Coaching

Textbooks dont cover it all, there is no cookie cutter approach to working with people. Counseling is what you make of it; what you put in determines what you get out of it. Being resistant to the therapeutic process is counterproductive. Working with past traumas can be uncomfortable but is a necessary evil. 

In 2022 I decided to get a certification of some kind for coaching. Although it isn’t really required it seemed like a nice idea.

The main different between Counseling & Coaching is that Coaching focuses on the present actions to reach the future goal. While Counseling incorporates working on traumas to reach goals, its focus is more on the past and its effect on the present. 

Working on ways to improve skills & abilities to solve issues that arise when trying to reach a goal is what all session time is focused on. Counseling the focus is traumas and negative feelings.

Coaching is not covered by insurance companies at this point, nor show signs of that happening.

Counseling is more of a "why" or "how did I get here", whereas coaching is more of "I want to achieve this goal, how can I get there?"

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