What is the difference between coaching and counseling?

Imagine that there are two identical cars driving down a beach. One hits a patch of rocks, the axle breaks, and the car begins to sink into the sand. The other car swerves, misses the rocks, but still sinks into the stand. Both cars are stuck in a place where they cannot move forward. However, one car is broken, and must be repaired before it can work to get out of the sinking sand. This car represents the counseling client. The other car is not broken, but it needs assistance in moving forward. This car represents a coaching client.

All too often, counseling focuses on the past, and what experiences have left a person broken. A coaching patient merely needs to understand his or her own strengths in order to be resourceful and successful.

How do I know that coaching is right for me?

Coaching is best for you when you have an identified problem that you want to solve. This can be anything ranging from communicating better with your teenager, learning how to function in a new social setting such as college, or any issue that keeps you from moving forward. Identification of a problem is essential to coaching because it is done with goals in mind. These goals will help us to build a program together where we can set benchmarks that will signal your progress and work toward more long-term goals.

How do I know if counseling is right for me?
  1. Feeling sad and unmotivated
  2. Excessive worry
  3. Trauma or abuse
  4. Relationship problems
  5. Difficult life transitions
  6. Addictions
  7. Obsessive or compulsive behaviors
  8. Children excessively acting out
What can I expect from coaching with you?

Coaching with me is not a one size fits all model. You can expect from me what you communicate that you need. The program we create together will rely on what issues you bring to the table. I am open to tailoring a coaching experience that suits your needs best with outcomes and benchmarks that you feel are best and that I agree will best lead to your success!

When will I start seeing results?

Often, it may be the case that you could not realize what the real problem is that is preventing you from moving forward and being successful. Therefore, there might be a period of adjustment where we will work together to identify what the real issue is.

If we have identified the correct problem and there is mutual cooperation, then you should be able to see the results at the pace you have set for yourself. For some people, results can be as soon as a perspective shift occurs, but for others there are both early and long term benchmarks that will come in their own time.

With coaching as with most things in life, it is important to realize that you will get out of the experience however much you put into it. I am here for you and will work with you until you get to the results that you desire, but change takes a lot of work on your part in ways that I am not able to do alone. I can guarantee the quality of the coaching experience with me, but the outcome is up to you.

How many coaching sessions will I need with you?

On average the number of coaching sessions needed are much less than the amount you would need in counseling. We will begin by identifying an issue and then subdivide it into smaller steps that can be accomplished in less time than an overarching long-term goal. Over time, we will work up to the bigger, more time-consuming challenges.

Coaching also relies on what exactly you want to work on. You could be having trouble with only one part of your life, or with many things. Depending on what you find to be an issue and what we discover to be blocking your success, we will build a program that best addresses your needs.

Are there any clients that you will not work with?

My door is open to all who are willing to put in the work. I will refer any clients that I do not feel coaching is the best approach for to counseling, or to someone else who is available for the needed services.

What if I feel as though I fall somewhere between a counseling client and a coaching client?

Counseling and coaching are not mutually exclusive. In some cases, we might find that counseling is better for some problems and coaching is better for others. I can help you determine which method is best for which issue because I work and have experience in both fields.

Do you do online or Skype coaching?

Yes, I do! If you are interested in my Skype coaching services, please contact me.


Do you accept insurance for coaching?
Unfortunately, insurance does not cover coaching. This is not because of my personal preference, but because insurance companies do not cover this specific service.
Are there discount packages for coaching?

We will create a coaching plan together that best suits you in regard to your goals, hopes, and financial needs.


Do you offer group programs for coaching or only individual coaching?
If you are looking for a specific group setting or have a plan in mind, I am open to discuss with you how best we can meet those needs.