Therapy, Counseling & Coaching

Morgan Health Centers

Therapy, Counseling & Coaching

The Differences - Counseling, Therapy & Coaching​

Many therapists and counselors are branching out into coaching services, and many coaches advertise services that sound a lot like counseling or therapy. Of course, there is overlap – many therapists focus attention on client strengths and resources, and many coaches aim to reduce and resolve the problems that stand in the way of clients achieving their goals. So, what’s the difference between counseling, therapy and coaching? The most basic difference is in what each of these professions do.

Coaching – Coaches focus on strengths-based support for those living with mental and behavioral health difficulties. motivate and encourage people to achieve specific goals. they do not generally specialize in treating complex clinical problems. However, they do help clients manage emotions, challenge negative thinking patterns, improve relationship skills, and reduce stress and anxiety — all of which bolsters mental health. Coaching is action oriented with an emphasis on improving one’s present life and reaching goals for the future by addressing distressing thoughts and emotions.

Counseling – Counseling involves working with a mental health counselor or clinical mental health counselor on a specific issue for a limited amount of time. For example, counseling can help you if you’re having problems with your marriage. You can see a marriage counselor to learn how to improve things between you and your spouse. Or counseling can help you if you have difficulty managing stress and want guidance on tools you can use when you are stressed out. Usually, counseling focuses on a specific issue for a limited amount of time. Counselors work with individuals or groups, and many professionals draw from a variety of experiences to connect with patients.

Therapy – Therapists focus on you as an individual, how you see yourself and the world, your thoughts, and your behaviors, as well as the underlying patterns of why you do the things you do. For example, if you were suffering from depression, you and your mental health therapist can explore how depression impacts your everyday life and how to develop better coping strategies so that you can feel better. You usually go to therapy sessions on a more long-term basis. Therapy can be more long-term and include counseling on specific issues that arise during your conversations with your therapist. On the other hand, if a counselor sees underlying patterns and concerns that affect the issues at hand, they may recommend that you start therapy. Many clinicians may be trained in both therapy and counseling.

Choosing The Right Professional

Coaches Blurb.

Counselors will discuss present behaviors and help you to understand how these behaviors elicit unwanted results. Counselors work to understand you and your life by asking questions that show your thought process. The more they know about you, the more effective their counseling is.

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You may decide to see a counselor or therapist when:
  • You consider your issues as short-term.
  • You need to learn coping skills for stress and relationship problems.
  • You are finding it difficult to make adjustments to changes in your lifestyle.
  • You have substance use issues.
A counselor can treat any of the following issues, among others;

  • Family and marital problems
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Uncontrolled anger
  • Low self-esteem
  • Life transition obstacles
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss and grief
  • Behavioral issues in children and teens
You may decide to see a therapist when:
  • You are coping with traumas that happened in your past.
  • You have a chronic medical problem that is causing emotional stress.
  • You have been diagnosed as having a mental health condition (bipolar, manic-depressive, schizophrenia, OCD, anxiety disorder).
  • You have seen a counselor and they suggested further more in-depth treatment.

The Differences - Mental Health Professionals

Counselors, therapists, and psychologists must possess excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills, the main differences  between these professionals are in their licenses, experience, education, and approaches to treatment.

Our center is staffed with experienced, licensed mental health professionals including psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, therapists and medication management specialists. We are here to help!

Psychotherapist  – A psychotherapist is a term used for any professional who is trained to treat people for their emotional problems. Depending upon their academic degree, a psychotherapist can be a psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker (among others), and work with individuals, couples, groups, or families. Psychotherapy is that specific field of work that emerges from psychology, the study of the mind.

Psychologists – A psychologist also has a doctorate degree, and so also goes by “Dr.” Psychologists are trained specifically in psychotherapy and mental health assessment, and typically do not prescribe medication. Psychologists often do talk therapy in 45 to 50-minute weekly visits, focused on coping skills, recovering from trauma, and any other specific symptoms or concerns you may bring in. Psychologists also do mental health assessments for court systems.

Therapists – A therapist, as it is used in the mental health world, typically means a psychotherapist, one who has been trained in using psychotherapeutic techniques to treat mental illness. Therapists use a wide range of theories and perspectives in that treatment. Many consider psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors to be “psychotherapists”.

Counselors – A mental health counselor is someone who has specifically studied counseling, they specifically work with people dealing with cognitive, behavioral, and emotional issues. Counselors work with individuals, families, groups, and communities to deal with mental health issues and improve mental well-being. A mental health counselor is a professional who utilizes a variety of psychotherapy methods and techniques to help people experiencing psychological distress.

Social Worker — When people hear “social worker,” they think of professionals who provide social services in hospitals and agencies. However, some social workers also practice psychotherapy. They are usually more attuned to the individual in their environment, and they do not usually provide psychological testing. Social workers may be LCSWs (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), LICSWs (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker), LSWs (Licensed Social Worker), among an alphabet soup of titles.