Just a quick blog on the aforementioned title and just to clear up the differences between Coaching, Mentoring and Counselling as they can often become misunderstood. This can be problematic if you are working with a client and try and assist where your skillset and experience may not be best suited. Whichever role, coach, counsellor or mentor you are practicing, you should understand your boundaries and your clients.

From a coaching perspective you should always try and define what type of coach you are and the boundaries during any initial conversations with a potential client.
This will ensure you are able to help the client effectively and that they understand how you can help. In a situation, during a coaching session where you may identify a problem that may require another area of expertise like counselling you should encourage the client to align with a set of expertise that can assist them.

Coaching

Coaching is goal focussed & action orientated.
Coaching is a role that aims to help a client improve some area of their life, using strategies like the GROW Model to help to move the client to where they want to be.

Good quality questions will help the client to bring clarity behind what they want and also allow them to tap into the resources they need to make the changes.

Mentoring

Mentoring is somebody who has a specific set of skills and knowledge that helps develop an individual who requires development. The assigned mentor, offers assistance, guidance, advice, encouragement and support to another person in order to foster their professional and technical development. The mentor will usually be known as an acknowledged performer

Counselling

Counselling is really focussed on people who require some level of healing. A counsellor will look in to the clients past to help heal them and ensure that they can improve their future happiness

Comparisons between practices

This concludes this blog and hopefully brings some clarification between coaching, mentoring and counselling.