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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.

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Are You Ready for Career Counseling?

Career counseling is often a misunderstood process.  Somewhat like personal counseling—but not quite—it is sometimes imagined to be a one-session appointment where a career counselor listens to your career and life history and then suggests a specific job that you had never considered before.  While this is a very appealing fantasy, it is rarely the case that a total stranger can offer such career advice at the first meeting.

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What to Bring to Your First Appointment with a Career Counselor

For most career counselors, the first appointment is an opportunity to get to know you, the client, and to learn how you have made the major decisions in your life, such as:

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