Meet Ashley (A) Cross
What's the Difference Between Coaching & Counseling?
What They Have in Common
In both of these approaches, clients examine negative beliefs and way to counter them;
build self-compassion skills; expand their support systems; explore and research potential next steps; and navigate through systemic barriers.
How Are They Different?
Is action-oriented, solution-focused, and emphasizes the present/future.
It is goal-specific, educational, and holds clients accountable for their progress.
It focuses on exploring career options, navigating through the job search, & managing other career transitions.
The coach-client relationship that is more socially oriented. It's acceptable to connect online via social media (i.e. LinkedIn) or meet in public settings (i.e.
at a coffee shop).
Is often process-oriented and emotion-focused.
It often explores the past & present, in depth, to help clients resolve deeper seated issues related to their self-worth and personal identity.
It is often less structured than coaching.
It examines career identity from a holistic context, looking at
how one's personal life affects their career and vice versa.
The therapeutic relationship is more confidential, private, and personal.
Establishment & discussion of boundaries is an ongoing conversation for anyone pursuing both career coaching & counseling services through A.Cross Careers, LLC.
While Career Counseling can help with anxiety, depression, and attention issues related to one's career choices (or how one's career is affecting your life in other areas), chronic mental health issues like the ones below or acute issues (like suicidal thoughts, domestic violence, etc.) are better suited for another type of counselor.
Mental Health Counseling is...
process-oriented and often emotion-focused.
It may delve deeper into the past & address more internalized issues/patterns.
It can examine a variety of issues outside of the scope of career counseling, including marriage/family therapy, relationship issues, child therapy, trauma therapy, etc.
Mental Health Counseling (or Therapy)
Can Be More Helpful With:
Anxiety & Depression
Children Acting Out
Coping with Life in General
Dealing with Chronic Pain
Grief & Loss