There are many similarities between coaching and counseling, but there are also some important differences. Perhaps the biggest distinction is that coaching is very focused on developing one’s strengths and working toward specific forward-facing goals or objectives. For example, “I want to achieve this specific thing in the next 12 months.” Coaching does not focus on events of one’s past. However, a coach may refer you to a counselor if they feel that a past event may be holding you back on making significant progress in your coaching sessions. In cases like this, it may be good to have someone who is qualified to do both counseling and coaching.
Types of coaching
There are many different types of coaching with different types of goals.
Entrepreneur or Business Coaching
is designed to help an entrepreneur or business owner succeed in their ventures. They handle the business-specific side of things (knowing what steps you need to take to be successful), as well as the personal side (what characteristics about yourself do you need to work on to improve your success).
are focused on career-specific goals. This is typically for individuals who are employees for other companies than their own. This type of coaching may help an individual discover a new career path or map out goals for climbing the ladder in one’s current field.
can have two different meanings. You may already be familiar with performance coaches who focus mostly on coaching athletes to optimize their performance. However, some coaches who are focused on improving an employee’s work performance go by the same name. Ironically, they sometimes use some of the same methods as those who coach athletes.
are similar to work Performance Coaches. However, Skill Coaches focus on the development of specific skills needed for one’s job. They can help an individual map out a strategy to develop certain skills to an expert level.
Health and Wellness Coaching
focuses on helping individuals who want to make healthy lifestyle changes. This could mean changes to one’s diet, improvements to one’s daily exercise and fitness or even a specific focus on improving or preventing certain health issues.
Personal or Life Coaches
are a little less specific than the ones described above. They can cover many different areas of one’s life and are focused on helping those who seek to improve their lives and themselves as individuals. These coaches may touch on many of the different other areas described above as well as many others.
The types of coaching discussed above are just some of the more popular examples. There are unlimited areas of focus for coaches. Basically anything an individual could ever hope to improve about him or herself, there is a good chance that there is a coach out there who can help.
What types of coaching does Dr. Brad Riddle offer?
Dr. Brad Riddle is open to helping in most any situation. Here is a list of the areas he most commonly works in:
- Life coaching
- Clergy coaching
- Premarital coaching
- Church coaching
- Professional coaching
- Counseling supervision
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ABOUT BRAD RIDDLE
As a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP) for over 30 years, he has counseled at a university, mental health agency, in his own private practice, and on church staff.