What's the Difference Between a Counselor and a Coach?
I am often asked this question by potential clients, and it's an important one to consider. For years, counseling has sometimes been viewed as something for people with "mental problems". Regardless of whether or not this is true, it is perceived as true by many people and therefore, has contributed to a stigma associated with getting counseling of any kind. This stigma, while receding, continues to haunt the mental health profession.
Enter the coaching profession! No stigma there. In fact, coaches are generally seen as providing services to healthy, functional, successful people who want support in pursuing their goals. Who wouldn't want to be associated with health and success? As a result, the coaching profession has mushroomed in a very short amount of time. It is estimated that there are more than 15,000 coaches in the U.S., a large number, considering that coaching is a very new phenomenon.