Therapy vs Counseling vs Coaching: What’s the difference?

Therapy vs Counseling vs Coaching: What’s the difference?

For many of us, therapy is something that we will have experienced or will need in our life at some point. However, there is a stigma attached, causing people to be embarrassed to talk about it or even consider the idea, but why is this? Talking therapies can be one of the most useful things to help with your struggles, whatever they may be.

You don’t have to have a psychology background to be a counsellor or coach. Psychologists and psychiatrists are the ones who need that. Having said that, the work of each might have elements taken from psychological therapy techniques but the people themselves are not always psychologists (- some counsellors are, but not all). Each are different in their own way and each very helpful to different people for different reasons. One person might just use one service and stick with it. Another person might try 2 or even all 3, and find one that helps more than the others, OR that a mix of 2 have a better effect for them. For example, I have at different times in my life tried all 3. I had counselling at Uni for helping with the grief process. Kinda helped, kinda didn’t, but also kinda should have done it for longer (but at the time I didn’t want to.) Last year I had group CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, through Steps 2 Wellbeing) for social anxiety from April to June 2020, and in January of this year I started working with a mindset coach (Emma Upton of There Is More Than This) who helps women that experience a lot of anxiety to change their mindset for the better, in order to help ease their anxiety and better their life.

So anyway, what’s the actual difference between them?

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