Spinning plates and juggling multiple responsibilities can be overwhelming and with this week being Metal Health Awareness Week, it is worth knowing who to turn to if things become unmanageable. Here are some insights into the professionals that you may seek guidance from.

Professionals who provide individual advice and support use many of the same core skills, and therefore there is potential overlap in the various services that are offered.

The distinction between Coaching Vs Counselling/Therapy is significant and often misunderstood.

A Coach has the ability to draw out from people clear thinking, higher achievement, inspired vision, leadership and game-changing performance.

  • A Life Coach provides a holistic approach and considers; diet, fitness, and relationships
  • A Business Coach focuses on work related challenges and supports development for people growing in their career.
  • An Executive Coach supports Senior Executives in management to make strong decisions, work effectively with people and develop their career.
  • A Leadership Coach will work with Senior Leaders to help them run their businesses and develop core leadership skills.
  • A mentor is someone with experience who will give guidance and support often over the long term.

A Coach is NOT a Counsellor or Therapist or Clinical Psychologist or Psychiatrist. If you are seeking non-medical advice, you are a client, not a patient.

The training:

  • Psychiatrists are Medics – a trained Doctor, with additional postgraduate specialist training in Psychiatry; they are therefore certified to prescribe medication
  • Clinical Psychologists are trained in psychology and then specialise; they work with more chronic conditions, and are licenced to use medication but generally control symptoms with therapy.
  • Psychotherapists have intensive and lengthy training in one or more of the different forms of psychotherapy typically undergoing personal therapy themselves
  • Coaches will be professionally trained and qualified with a recognised organisation for example, Meyler Campbell
  • Counsellors are trained in counselling and courses are typically half the length of psychotherapy training. They work with people facing life transitions, less severe forms of depression and anxiety and personal development issues.


Aldrich & Company