What is the difference between coaching and counseling?

Coaching involves an equal partnership between the client and the coach. Together they devise a goal and specific steps.  The emphasis in coaching is the FUTURE.  Specific progress is made within a relatively short period of time.

In counseling, the Counselor is the expert.  The focus is the PAST and the client is assisted as they try to work through issues/events that have caused them emotional strife.

Could both coaching and counseling be helpful at the same time?

Absolutely!  It is quite a natural partnership.  While the client is working to resolve emotional issues with the counselor, the coach is making sure they are keeping on track with their daily life and moving forward.

Is there confidentiality within the coaching relationship?

YES!  Just as a counselor would, Karen protects all communication between herself and her client.  Karen would need written permission from the client to disclose anything.  

However, there are three exceptions to this rule:

  1. If my client intends to harm him/herself.
  2. If my client is currently, or intending to, physically harm another.
  3. If there is any child, dependent adult or elder abuse happening.

Where does the coaching occur?

Coaching can occur almost anywhere!  It can happen over the phone, over SKYPE, or in person.  Therefore, we can coach people from anywhere - even overseas.

Do all coaches have the same qualifications?

Sadly, no.  Coaching is an unregulated industry.  Therefore, there are many people who have titled themselves coaches but who have absolutely no training in the field.  

Karen has excellent qualifications for this work.  She has been trained and received certification as a Professional Coach.  She also has a Master's Degree in Counseling, a Master's Degree in Education, and over 25 years experience as a counselor with over 800 individuals.