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Wellbeing Coaching & Counselling in Loughborough

Counselling or coaching – which is right for you?

How many times do we use the phrase ‘I just can’t get my head straight‘, ‘This situation is driving me mad, I can’t cope with this any more‘, or ‘I am so stressed‘? All commonly used, but in reality they don’t mean anything other than simply pressure is building up.

Since everyone is unique and thinks differently, it is the job of the counsellor or coach to help their client unravel the problem and identify its root cause. The way that we think and process information influences the way we behave and – in turn – how we respond to pressure that the mind cannot manage.

The table below will help you to decide which type of therapy is right for you.

  • Coaches work with their clients to reach specific life growth and goals in the absence of limiting emotional difficulties. Clients can usually identify the difficulties they are facing, but find it difficult to move forward.
  • Coaches help their clients create a positive mindset towards change. Motivation for change will come and go, but a commitment to reach and attain a goal will be the focus.
  • Coaches work with their clients to set measurable, achievable goals and targets based on practical solutions. When attaining a goal is difficult, the coach will help the client to observe barriers caused by mindset or negative thought processes.
  • Coaches work with their client to overcome barriers associated with change. This includes identifying unhelpful or negative thoughts, then developing mindset strategies to manage or overcome them.
  • Coaches work to move a client forward to reach their goal: by taking effective actions and developing a positive and confident mindset.
  • Coaching is useful at any time as it provides clarity to life or lifestyle choices. However, coaching is usually sought during times of frustration, confusion, or stressful situations.
  • Coaching works particularly well for weight loss, health behaviour change and stress management.
  • Counselling allows you a space to talk about how you are feeling without being interrupted or judged. Your counsellor doesn’t have all the answers, but together you are able to work through your problems until the answers become clear to you.
  • Counsellors work with people who have issues or concerns about their feelings and/or behaviours, emotional difficulties or intrusive thoughts, usually linked to past experiences or learnt behaviours.
  • The goals counsellors set with their clients may not be as obvious. Change can be instant, but is more often subtle and noticed over a period of weeks. Counsellors may rely on their client’s self-report to determine if there is actual improvement in their feelings or behaviour.
  • Counsellors explore the reasoning behind the behaviour or feeling and look at ways to re-frame, remove or develop new strategies and tools to overcome them.
  • Counsellors help their clients reach life goals, even in the face of emotional distress or negative behaviour patterns. Giving clients fresh insight into themselves is at the centre of all counselling work.
  • Although counselling can be of benefit at any time in life, it is often taken during times of change or crisis. The catalyst to seek help is often the desire to remove an unhelpful feeling or behaviour.

If you are still unsure which therapy will work for you, we provide a free 15 minute consultation to discuss in more detail.

To arrange a consultation, please email or call 01509 437765 (we are often with clients, so please leave a message).