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What are the differences between counselling, coaching and psychology?

There are many choices available when it comes to getting assistance with your mental health or your mindset.

With so many options available to us, it can be very confusing to work out what’s going to be best for you. At the end of the day that’s a very personal choice ,and as a result it can be overwhelming to work out where to start.

We offer a complimentary conversation with our experts to help you work out what might be best for you. Feel free to get in touch with us and we can assist.

In exploring your options you might of come across psychologists, counsellors, and coaches in your search to find someone to connect with for assistance. But, beyond the name, what’s the difference between all of these approaches?

It’s a fair question and one that deserves to be answered so that you can make sure you’re connecting with the right professional for you.

All three share a lot in common and at the same time are all quite different. You will also find some practitioners like those here at the mental health coach that have skills that span all three methods of working.

Let’s dive in and take a look at all three in some detail.

Psychologists

When it comes to the human psyche and behaviour, clinical psychologists are masters. Or rather, doctors. They’re extensively trained to assess a person’s mental condition using clinical interviews and a series of tests, which encompass:

  • Lengthy questionnaires
  • Clinical interviews
  • Instrumental tests (for measuring mechanical abilities)
  • IQ (Intelligence Quotient) tests
  • Accurate personality tests

Of course, the need for a certain test will depend on the patient’s situation. Not all of them must go through an IQ test, for example. On the other hand, tests such as a clinical assessment are common practise with every patient, regardless of their issue.

In and of itself, psychology can be defined as a scientific study of the human brain’s workings, as well as the thought patterns and behaviours resulting from particular mental health problem or mental illness. In simple terms, a psychologist’s study of the mind is applied to their clinical practise as a way of helping their patients cope with mental health problems.

Psychologists can’t write medication prescriptions. This is the role of a psychiatrist, which we won’t be discussing in this post specifically.

These professionals are indicated in the treatment of issues like:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Major depressive disorder or high-functioning depression
  • Personality disorders (antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Emotional disorders
  • Psychopathologies

Here we’re discussing the comparison of clinical psychologists with their coaching and counselling counterparts. Still, psychologists may also specialize in subfields that greatly differ from clinical practice, such as experimental psychologists (who gather laboratory data on human and animal behaviors), forensic psychologists (who apply their studies to legal issues), among other subfields.

Counsellors

Counsellors operate under different titles—including clinician and therapist. They work in the area we often informally refer to as “talk therapy” because, in essence, that’s what it is.

These professionals do more than just “talk”, though. They can perfectly blend their stellar communication abilities to a vast study background. In a conjoint effort, both counsellor and client (or clients) will pinpoint solutions to ongoing problems, as well as discover potential background problems that may radiate into the present.

Depending on their practise, they may not be able to provide specific diagnoses for mental problems. Still, if no specific diagnosis is required and a patient only requires knowledgeable and personalised guidance, a counsellor is the perfect fit.

As with every professional, choosing the right counsellor will depend on the issue you’re facing, as well as the people you want to involve in the practice.

Counselling can be done individually, in groups, family, and couples, depending on particular needs. The main types of counselling include:

  • Marriage counselling
  • Family counselling
  • Mental health counselling
  • Rehabilitation/Abuse counselling
  • Career counselling

If any of the above are a source of distress in your daily life, counselling would be worthwhile.

Coaches

The thought of a coach is often followed by words such as “motivation” and “mindset”, and rightfully so. Coaches are professionals focused on wellbeing and objectives, helping their clients’ lives become more purposeful and fulfilling with their insightful advice.

If you’re working with a coach, they’ll help you find strengths you most likely didn’t know you had within yourself. Together, you’ll discover unique advantages and use them in an action-oriented plan. In short, coaching smoothens the path towards future aspirations, relinquishing the limiting beliefs that stifle a client’s ability to move forward.

Without any training beyond coaching, coaches aren’t qualified to treat mental illnesses specifically, however they can absolutely assist in navigating life with a mental health problem. But this isn’t an issue for people who just need strong, well-calculated assistance in the right direction. Although they don’t need formal or academic training to call themselves professionals, they just might be the type of expert you need to turn your life around.

The coaches at The Mental Health Coach are all highly qualified in coaching, holding International Coaching Federation recognised qualifications as well as counselling qualifications.

Coaches can specialise in many different areas, some of which include life coaching, business coaching, career coaching, couple coaching, and more. There are over 30 coaching modalities, some of them more sought-after than others.

The type of coach you choose will heavily depend on the area where you’re seeking improvement. Coaches can help people deal with several issues:

  • Self-esteem issues
  • Problems at work
  • Trouble setting and pursuing goals
  • Trouble abandoning bad habits
  • Persistent creative blocks
  • Lack of motivation

Coaches, too, can discuss aspects of their client’s daily lives–they just won’t dwell on the past as much as counsellors and psychologists would be required to do. But of course, that doesn’t mean coaches will never explore a client’s past. They must do so, even if briefly, to help clients move forward.

Training: Coaching certification programs. The coaches at The Mental Health Coach are all highly qualified in coaching and other modalities.

Finding the Perfect Professional

The above descriptions are all an accurate portrayal of each type of professional, but the best approach for anyone in search of guidance should be assessing professionals individually. If you can schedule an interview prior to the initial appointment, do so.

You can have a complimentary with us at The Mental Health Coach to see if we might be a good fit for you.

Take the opportunity to ask a few questions. After all, the better you get to know them, the better you’ll be able to tell if they will be worth your time for the next few weeks, months, or years.

Here’s a cheat-sheet of questions you can use:

  • What kind of training and expertise do you have to help me with problem X (the issue you’re dealing with)?
  • Are you licensed (in this state)? (For psychologists and counsellors only)
  • How has your framework previously helped people with problems similar to mine?
  • What are your areas of expertise?
  • For how many years have you been seeing clients/patients?

Above all, regardless of who you choose to work with, you’ll need to have a good rapport with them. In other words, you’ll need to feel comfortable working with them.

Give us a call or send us an email and let’s talk about how we might be able to help you. It’s free and completely confidential.

Why you should complete your MHFA Refresher

If you’ve already done a Mental Health First Aid course, Completing your MHFA Refresher program is a great idea!

What is a MHFA Refresher?

MHFA Refresher courses are 6 hour online courses. These courses are for people who have previously completed their initial training. This helps you to refresh your knowledge and skills.  And, doing a refresher program also extends your Mental Health First Aid Accreditation for a further three years.

If you have completed one of our Mental Health First Aid courses, then this refresher is right for you.

MHFA Australia constantly review the course material to ensure it reflects best practice. Consequently, by doing a MHFA Refresher program you’re making sure that you have the most up to date knowledge possible.

What you’ll learn

You’ll learn the most up to date practices in providing Mental Health First Aid. You’ll also receive an updated Mental Health First Aid manual.

The MHFA Refresher gives participants an opportunity to refresh the knowledge and skills learnt during your initial Mental Health First Aid training. It will help you…

  • Gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field
  • Learn and review the 3 key actions for helping someone feeling suicidal
  • Work through complex mental health first aid scenarios
  • Practice your Mental Health First Aid skills…. and more

Complete your MHFA Refresher with us

We offer the Standard Refresher Program. This is suitable for anyone who has completed the Standard, Community or Workplace Mental Health First Aid course.

You can enrol here.

And, we run the courses completely online. It’s made up of two, three hour webinars. In addition, you’ll receive a new hardcopy of the current MHFA Manual too!

Haven’t done your initial MHFA Training?

If you haven’t done your initial Mental Health First Aid training, we can help!

Mental Health First Aid is the benchmark Mental Health First Aid course in Australia. Further, the course has been adapted globally. Its’ designed and developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia. As a result, it’s recognised internationally for evidence-based and highly practical.

We deliver a wide variety of Mental Health First Aid courses which are suited to organisations, workplaces or individuals. Anyone wishing to learn more about mental health and mental illness will benefit from these courses.

We’ll soon deliver Youth courses, too.

About your initial training

The course provides a wide ranging overview of all common mental health issues. In other words you’ll learn how to recognise their symptoms and signs. We’ll cover how to have a conversation with someone about their mental health. Further, it also shows you where you can refer someone to get professional help.

In your initial MHFA training you’ll learn…

  • An overview of mental health, and Mental Health First Aid
  • Common myths and misunderstandings about mental illness
  • The common signs and symptoms of a mental health issue
  • How to approach someone about their mental health
  • How to assess the severity of the situation
  • What to do in a mental health crisis situation
  • Practical skills to intervene in real-world mental health situations
  • How to encourage someone to get professional help
  • A range of options and places to access professional help

Who are our trainers?

Our courses are facilitated by professionally trained and accredited coaches. We deliver it publicly and in house for organisations and workplaces. We are highly skilled and caring and we ensure a safe and supportive learning environment.

Mental Health First Aid Refresher

The Importance of Learning Mental Health First Aid

Learning Mental Health First Aid is just as important as learning physical first aid – and just as easy!