WHAT'S IS THE LINE BETWEEN COACHING & COUNSELLING?
Coaching, although clearly distinct from counselling, draws on the client centred approach of Carl Rogers. Unconditional positive regard, acceptance and reflective and empathic listening can develop the coaching relationship quickly. When working with clients I feel privileged at the deep, introspective and open manner in which they partner with me. Their safety is paramount.
As coaches there may be times we find ourselves in a situation where, from the safety of the coaching relationship, the client wishes to move into an area that is either at the border or outside our professional scope.
From my own experiences it can be confronting. I have felt some concern about the possible impact on my relationship with clients when having to gently draw them back from looking deeper into significant past life experiences or relationships. I have felt greater concern when a client wanted to focus on a family member’s medical and substance use.
Working in the helping space it is easy to default to wanting to make things “right” for our clients rather than working with them to develop their own priorities and plans. What is critical to recognise though is that we can not provide the help needed if we do not have the necessary professional expertise. It is unsafe for both our clients and for us.
WHAT CAN YOU DO OR SAY IF A CLIENT RAISES ISSUES BEYOND COACHING SCOPE OF PRACTICE?
Here are eight strategies I use that you may find helpful in a similar situation:
Trust yourself - you will feel if a session or focus is becoming uncomfortable. As always, find what resonates with you and reach out if needed for guidance and support.
Words by Leanne Springer
Coach and Mentor
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/leanne-springer-97939620
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