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Should You Study Life Coaching or Counselling?


Should You Study Life Coaching or Counselling?

What is counselling?

Like life coaching, counselling focuses on facilitating change in people – and helping them get a better perspective of the issues they’re facing.
But while life coaches tend to look at the now and the future, counsellors may dig into the past to help clients unblock or resolve past pain and struggles.
In a safe, supportive space, therapists like counsellors look holistically at clients’ mental, emotional and behavioural health. They’re also trained to diagnose specific conditions and provide treatments of disorders. Counselling is also always recommended for people with mental illness like depression and anxiety, as well as addiction, grief, abuse, or trauma.
Because of that, it will take a bigger investment of time and money to qualify as a counsellor and set yourself up to see clients. But you will then be recognised and qualified to work with clients facing a huge range of issues.

Which should you choose?

So as you can see, there is a place for both life coaching and counselling. And for that reason, many coaches go on to become qualified counsellors and vice versa. With both, you can pick and choose the right approach depending on your client’s needs.
But in the end, it comes down to your preferences: do you want to help people take action today to set and achieve their goals? If so, you might like to start with life coaching. Or would you like to support clients in addressing and resolving problems? Then counselling is probably a wise choice.
Either way, you're taking a positive step to helping people lead fulfilling lives.

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