Counselling or Coaching


What is counselling?

When we experience problems it is often helpful to talk over the situation with someone else. This could be a friend or family member, but there are times when it can be useful to talk to a person who is outside the situation, who has the professional skills and experience to assist people with emotional and psychological difficulties. Counselling offers an opportunity to discuss concerns in a way which is different to talking to a friend or family member:

Another perspective can be offered, which may make it easier to reflect on the situation and to understand it differently. This is often the first step to making a change for the better.

It may be easier to express difficult feelings and emotions to a counsellor, than to someone close to you. The counsellor will try to help you find ways of making sense of these feelings and help you to manage them if you are feeling overwhelmed.

Balloon PopClick play and then draw, write or type how you are feeling on the balloons - then pop the balloons and watch your feelings disappear. remember that your feelings and emotions are transient as long as you don't hold onto them.



What is personal or life coaching?

Coaching provides a supportive and motivating environment allowing the individual personal space and encouragement to grow and develop. The coach’s key role is to assist the client in identifying and developing the key skills required to achieve their goals and aspirations, whilst helping to maintain their motivation and commitment.

Coaches operate in highly supportive roles by assisting the client in committing to action and by being a supportive voice through out their experiences.

We all sometimes need additional support to enable further learning and development to occur and thus performance to improve.

The difference

Coaching is not necessarily ‘therapy’ by another name although the key theoretical underpinnings, models and techniques found their origins in the field of psychology and associated therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy which have broad ranging applications in both organisational and personal contexts.

The key difference between coaching and the therapies is that coaching does not seek to resolve the deeper underlying issues that are the cause of serious problems like poor motivation, low self-esteem and poor job performance. Coaching and mentoring programmes are generally more concerned with the practical issues of setting goals and achieving results within specific time scales.

This Service is confidential. 

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