Why is Relationship Coaching not Counseling?
Many times, you have wondered about the difference between Relationship Coaching and Counseling, and today I want to help you to have an easy overview of these disciplines.
First of all, Relationship Coaching and Counseling are not the same, and they have different approaches and different ways to help clients.
The first difference is that becoming a relationship coach does not require a degree or certification, but at the same time I would like my relationship coach has her or his experience and proved skills in helping others with their relationship issues.
For this reason, in my opinion, a professional who wants to help others in the relationship coaching industry must show her or his expertise among their clients and their results, and testimonials can supply to demonstrate the ability to work as a relationship coach.
In addition, a relationship coaching certification is a way to be more trustworthy and to gain authority in this amazing industry.
Of course, a psychologist or a counselor or another therapist who wants help and support their own clients as a relationship coach will be facilitated in promoting themselves.
While a counselor requires years of schooling and this may differ in which Country the counselor intends to work in this industry.
From an inexpert person, relationship coaching and counseling could be similar, but they have a different mission and vision.
So, which are the main differences between relationship coaching and counseling?
Relationship coaching is a goal-oriented discipline and here, the focus is helping clients with active problem-solving skills, setting goals, and providing clients with the tools to move forward in a healthy relationship with themselves or others, and helping them to have a new idea of their future.
Relationship coaches do not try to explore the past to find the origin of the client's relationship issues or using therapy techniques, and they do not give advice, in general.
A relationship coach will never prescribe medication, provide any medical help.
But a professional and ethical relationship coach could decide not to start a series of sessions with the client in case of mental illness; suggesting, if it is the case, asking for support from another expert.
As a relationship coach, I can help you to clarify your current situation from a different point of view, identify the problem and the solution you need, and this is a concrete way to start or restart and refresh your life and your relationship, as well.