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My Mission:

To empower every person to know their worth

and have a deep sense of purpose and belonging.

What's the difference between coaching and counseling?

Coaching vs counseling

While both counseling and coaching center around healing and service to others, there are some important distinctions between the two.

In traditional counseling or therapy, the primary focus of the work centers on processing and reflection. While that is not to say that the outcome isn’t designed to create change, it is to say that the primary mode of change tends to be through reflection and processing.

Coaching, on the other hand, leans more heavily toward explicit activities and action. For some people who are naturally reflective or who have participated in traditional therapy, there can be the feeling over time that they are engaging in an endless processing loop. This may result in feeling stuck without substantive change or producing the desired results. If you want to see significant change and you’re not achieving your goals, coaching might be a great fit!

Another important difference between counseling and coaching is the relationship and connection between coaches and clients. In therapy, explicit boundaries dictate that counselors limit the sharing of personal experiences or information with their clients.

As a coach, the focus is on cultivating a relationship that best suits the individual needs of the client and can involve connecting around shared experiences. As a guide, your coach supports you, with their developed expertise, to mentor you along your journey, which can include sharing parts of their own journey. Professional boundaries remain important, however, and coaches should always share in ways that are appropriate to the coaching relationship and in the best interest of the client.

Finally, counseling occurs within a scheduled therapy session (typically 50 minutes), while coaching is a continuous process that can include meeting together for coaching sessions, as well as activities, assignments, and readings between sessions. Additionally, clients might also have access to their coach via email and text between sessions.

Please note that counseling is not only useful for many situations, but critical in treating mental health disorders. Coaches are NOT mental health clinicians and are not trained to diagnose or treat mental health disorders. Individuals dealing with trauma, self harm, suicidal ideation, and or other clinical mental health disorders should not seek coaching, but rather mental health counseling.

Coaching vs counseling

What others say about working with me:

Traci Cote

"Kelly's energy possesses this beautiful dichotomy of electrifying my own passion and purpose while providing space for me to feel grounded in my own body, heart and soul."

TRACI COTE
Independent Counseling and Consulting

Nancy Lang

"Through asking questions and reframing the narrative, Kelly coaches me to get myself to a place of action, where I can move forward with clarity and confidence."

NANCY LANG
Education Administration

Kate Ledoux

"Working with Kelly has given me strength and clarity to assist me in making major life decisions. I have trusted her process and couldn't be happier with my results."

KATE LEDOUX
Independent Counseling and Consulting

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Kelly Lynn Coaching

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To empower every person to know their worth and have a deep sense of purpose and belonging.

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What's the difference between coaching and counseling?

While both counseling and coaching center around healing and service to others, there are some important distinctions between the two.

In traditional counseling or therapy, the primary focus of the work centers on processing and reflection. While that is not to say that the outcome isn’t designed to create change, it is to say that the primary mode of change tends to be through reflection and processing.

Coaching, on the other hand, leans more heavily toward explicit activities and action. For some people who are naturally reflective or who have participated in traditional therapy, there can be the feeling over time that they are engaging in an endless processing loop. This may result in feeling stuck without substantive change or producing the desired results. If you want to see significant change and you’re not achieving your goals, coaching might be a great fit!

Another important difference between counseling and coaching is the relationship and connection between coaches and clients. In therapy, explicit boundaries dictate that counselors limit the sharing of personal experiences or information with their clients.

Coaching vs counseling

As a coach, the focus is on cultivating a relationship that best suits the individual needs of the client and can involve connecting around shared experiences. As a guide, your coach supports you, with their developed expertise, to mentor you along your journey, which can include sharing parts of their own journey. Professional boundaries remain important, however, and coaches should always share in ways that are appropriate to the coaching relationship and in the best interest of the client.

Finally, counseling occurs within a scheduled therapy session (typically 50 minutes), while coaching is a continuous process that can include meeting together for coaching sessions, as well as activities, assignments, and readings between sessions. Additionally, clients might also have access to their coach via email and text between sessions.

Please note that counseling is not only useful for many situations, but critical in treating mental health disorders. Coaches are NOT mental health clinicians and are not trained to diagnose or treat mental health disorders. Individuals dealing with trauma, self harm, suicidal ideation, and or other clinical mental health disorders should not seek coaching, but rather mental health counseling.

What others say about working with me:

Traci Cote

"Kelly's energy possesses this beautiful dichotomy of electrifying my own passion and purpose while providing space for me to feel grounded in my own body, heart and soul."

TRACI COTE
Independent Counseling and Consulting

Nancy Lang

"Through asking questions and reframing the narrative, Kelly coaches me to get myself to a place of action, where I can move forward with clarity and confidence."

NANCY LANG
Education Administration

Kate Ledoux

"Working with Kelly has given me strength and clarity to assist me in making major life decisions. I have trusted her process and couldn't be happier with my results."

KATE LEDOUX
Independent Counseling and Consulting

subscribe to my weekly mindful mini!

A quick — but effective — mindfulness exercise will be delivered directly to your inbox each week for FREE!

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