Monday, August 26, 2019

Fort Collins Counseling vs. Coaching

Today's Blog Post

Q: What is the difference between counseling and coaching?

A: Some life coaches will tell you they are about the same, but there are HUGE differences.  Typically, coaching does not require a high school, undergraduate or advance degrees, such as a master or doctorate.  

To graduate from a master or doctorate level program, you must pass all criminal state and national background checks, pass a comprehensive exam, and defend your thesis/dissertation.  Further, to be licensed or registered in any US state, you cannot have a criminal record, you must pass state and national board exams, and you must complete 1000 clinical-client supervision hours for PhD and PsyD degree only, and up to 3000 clinical-client supervision hours for master level degree (i.e., life coaches do not undergo criminal background checks or licensure supervision hours).

Unfortunately, it appears there is a massive wave of 'life coaches' making far reaching claims (i.e., dipping into the counseling-therapy market).  For the record, we offer coaching services, so we are not saying coaching is bad -- just highly different and mostly unregulated.  For example: If a life coach offers professional (regulated) mental health counseling services without holding academic credentials or state license, it is not only unethical, but most likely illegal.  

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