What is the difference between counselling and coaching?

There are many similarities between counselling and coaching and many of the same skills are used.

Both counselling and coaching provide an opportunity for self-reflection and personal development. In both settings, I aim to work collaboratively and co-creatively, increasing self-awareness and bringing greater insight. 

In counselling, there is time to explore and process challenging situations and express any difficult feelings you are experiencing in a safe, non-judgemental environment. Sessions are 55 minutes long and are usually held weekly.

In coaching there is a greater emphasis on taking personal responsibility for making positive changes in your life. It includes practical discussion, tools and strategies to help you set specific goals, decide on actions and put them into practice. Concerns can be personal and/or work related. Sessions last 90 minutes and are less frequent, usually fortnightly or monthly. 


What if I'm not sure which I need?

We can talk about what it is you are looking for and whether counselling or coaching, or a combination of both, is the most appropriate for you.


What happens in the first session?

I will take some personal details. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions. I will ask you to tell me about the issues that are troubling you or what you would like to work on.


How long will I need to come?

This varies for each person. Some people find 4-6 sessions are enough, others prefer to come for longer. I offer an open-ended contract with regular reviews so that we can decide what works best for you as you go along.


Where can I park?

Parking is available on my driveway. Sidcup Station and regular bus services are 10 minutes walk away.