How Coaching Differs from Counseling

Not all counseling is the same. Nor is all coaching the same. But let’s take a look into the broad differences between the two professions.

Counseling has been around longer and makes a diagnosis of what’s wrong and prescribes a method or series of steps that have been proven to work for other clients.

Coaching is a relative newcomer to the field. The idea behind coaching is that there is not a fundamental problem to solve, but rather people perform even better when they have the support of a coach whose aim is to take what is working and make it even better.  Big benefits are realized when a coach avoids making assumptions about what is possible and simply explores with a client next action steps. In a coaching model, the client is the expert in the client’s life, can discover what action steps needs to happen next, and is open to the coach’s questions and feedback, and is ready to stretch to reach that next level of performance.

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What Clients Are Saying

15-year-old male

"Through therapy, I learned coping skills to help me lower my anxiety. I started getting more sleep, which helped me focus better in school. I feel more in control of my life and feel hopeful about my future."

15-year-old male
2017-10-26T14:06:34+00:00
"Through therapy, I learned coping skills to help me lower my anxiety. I started getting more sleep, which helped me focus better in school. I feel more in control of my life and feel hopeful about my future." 15-year-old male

Mother of a 15-year-old male

"I was at a loss - my son was unhappy and angry, and kept everything bottled up. He really felt a connection with Cynthia and was able to express his feelings. Cynthia helped my son get to a better, happier place. Our home is peaceful and functioning well again, and we are so grateful to his therapist!"

Mother of a 15-year-old male
2017-10-26T14:10:14+00:00
"I was at a loss - my son was unhappy and angry, and kept everything bottled up. He really felt a connection with Cynthia and was able to express his feelings. Cynthia helped my son get to a better, happier place. Our home is peaceful and functioning well again, and we are so grateful to his therapist!" Mother of a 15-year-old male

17-year-old female

"Counseling has taught me how to more effectively manage my stress and how to identify negative thoughts and change them into more positive thoughts."

17-year-old female
2017-10-26T14:11:42+00:00
"Counseling has taught me how to more effectively manage my stress and how to identify negative thoughts and change them into more positive thoughts." 17-year-old female

Male, 48

"I found talking to someone who was on the 'outside' of my problems and my circle of family & friends a great help. I wished I had done it a lot sooner than I did. I would highly recommend anyone to take this route because even now two years on I still take time out to refer back to my sessions with Cynthia when a problem occurs in my life."

Male, 48
2017-10-26T14:13:40+00:00
"I found talking to someone who was on the 'outside' of my problems and my circle of family & friends a great help. I wished I had done it a lot sooner than I did. I would highly recommend anyone to take this route because even now two years on I still take time out to refer back to my sessions with Cynthia when a problem occurs in my life." Male, 48

Together 10 years

"Cynthia has provided us with a collaborative and supportive environment in which to explore the conflicts in our marriage. Her approach to couples therapy has helped us improve our communication, our understanding of ourselves, and our ability to articulate shared goals for our partnership and how to reach them. Cynthia challenges us without pitting us against one another and without being confrontational. She is gracious, patient, kind, thoughtful and compassionate and her guidance has been invaluable to us."

Together 10 years
2017-10-26T14:14:42+00:00
"Cynthia has provided us with a collaborative and supportive environment in which to explore the conflicts in our marriage. Her approach to couples therapy has helped us improve our communication, our understanding of ourselves, and our ability to articulate shared goals for our partnership and how to reach them. Cynthia challenges us without pitting us against one another and without being confrontational. She is gracious, patient, kind, thoughtful and compassionate and her guidance has been invaluable to us." Together 10 years