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6 thoughts on “Coach vs Counselor: Is Psychotherapy Viable as a Business in 2019?

  • November 22, 2018 at 12:59 pm
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    It sounds to me that you really care and take care of the clients needs. Thanks for the article.

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    • November 22, 2018 at 2:13 pm
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      I am glad the article was helpful. The focus to me is always ultimately about being a helper and where I can do most good.

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  • November 28, 2018 at 3:22 pm
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    Hi Miranda,
    Would you please comment on what you view as the difference between coaching and counselling. How would you guide a licensed counsellor to choose between the two? What possibilities are there for one to carry both approaches in the same practice?

    Thank you

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    • November 28, 2018 at 7:12 pm
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      Great questions Albert. There are two aspects when defining the difference. First, what does the licensing board in your particular legal jurisdiction say is counselling? In almost all jurisdictions, you need to clarity where counselling begins and what is absolutely counselling. Maybe you can pull up the legal code and even share it here so we can talk about it!

      Most ethical codes also say to avoid dual relationships. That means while you may employ coaching techniques as part of a clinically sound treatment plan, you can’t see someone for coaching, then counselling, then coaching- etc. Even if you just think about the legal jurisdiction of “what is covered under privileged communication?” mixing what service you provide is not an option.

      If you want to carry both approaches it is more about doing counselling- with one that is more based in positive psychology principles (coaching), and another that is a more traditional approach. But, both would still be counselling in your role as a licensed counsellor.

      Who do you want to help in clinical practice?

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  • November 30, 2018 at 10:47 am
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    It doesn’t have to be “either /or”. Clients can choose…. I’ve done it for years.

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    • December 7, 2018 at 11:50 am
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      Keith- actually in many states you do need to be clear about what service you are providing. The laws and regulations are different for coaching and for psychotherapy/counseling. If you are doing psychotherapy- you could do coach like interventions with your client. But, is it really switching to coaching? Do you change the way you do your notes? What does that do to the issue of privilege? Even in terms of documentation you need to understand and be clear so you know what is what if you were ever sued.

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