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Difference Between Life Coaching and Counseling

Nicola Beer is a certified life coach, hypnotherapist and transpersonal counsellor. She combines all three methods to help her clients get results fast. For people who are not in the field of life coaching or counseling, it can be confusing to know what the difference is between the two, however, it is quite simple. Let me explain further.

The Aim of Life Coaching

Life coaches tend to focus on a goal orientated approach – helping clients look forward by setting goals and working on any barriers they may have so that they can reach their goals in a more holistic way, whereas a counselor tends to focus on current emotional issues or a specific situation that could be causing distress to an individual.


A certified life coach would be ideal for someone who wants to explore their strengths and weaknesses, who wants to build their confidence, who wants to become financially independent and needs motivation in order to make life changes to become a happier more successful version of themselves. Life coaches will push you to challenge yourself and move forward in life. For example, if you have always wanted to open up your own business but have lacked the confidence or knowledge to do so, a life coach can help you explore potential options with you, help you identify what your ideal goal for a business is and how you can take that step forward to running a successful business.


The Goals of Counseling

Counselors promote healing from the past, resolving emotional issues that are creating more problems and provide you with coping mechanisms to deal with situations that bring up past issues. For example, if you have struggled with your mental health, if you are struggling with the loss of a loved one, if you have any form of addiction that you want to work through, if you have suffered an abusive childhood and need to work on healing from your past, a counselor is the person to seek support from. They can talk you through your problems and suggest coping strategies to put in place to break bad or destructive habits. Counselors are trained to deal with complex emotions, help clients feel at peace with themselves and to deal with what they have been through – focusing on empathy and understanding.

Life coaches do not diagnose clients with specific issues or medication, instead they focus on empowering clients to identify the areas of their life that they want to improve and what they need to change in order to get there. A counselor is trained to listen but also look out for concerning behaviour patterns and illnesses that could be posing a serious problem to their client’s wellbeing. That is why having someone who practices coaching, counseling and hypnotherapy can be of great benefit.


Life coaches are very much action orientated – helping clients explore their own problem-solving skills with the focus on reaching their targets and goals in life. Ultimately, working with a life coach will provide you with the path to get you to where you want to be, improve the skills you need to be a successful individual or organization and how to create the best work/life balance.

Mihaela BotnariMihaela Botnari
12:54 17 Mar 23
Thank you for destroying my relationship. My partner reached out for support and you advised him that there is nothing for him to heal and that he should send his girlfriend for therapy, like this is your place to tell him. I’ve been through therapy myself and I know how to make the difference between a good therapist and someone who just wants to get more money, and the second seems to definitely be your purpose!
Helen HHelen H
19:13 10 Nov 22
Nicola’s support and advice proved invaluable when my marriage was struggling. Over a series of meetings (online and fact to face, to suit our needs), Nicola helped steer us through a very difficult time. She was always calm, neutral and never made us feel like we had failed or had ‘messed up’. Nicola has a wealth of experience and keeps up with current research, but has a very unique approach to getting you back on track. With regular support materials and just being there, she helped us realise that our relationship could go on; by making us look at ourselves and helping us consider the tools we needed to move forwards. I can honestly say that I don’t think our marriage would have survived such a difficult time without Nicola’s expertise. I often listen to Nicola’s podcasts on Spotify when I’m needing a bit of extra support. Thank you, Nicola
Justin LossJustin Loss
13:23 30 Jun 22
Nicola has been a massive help. I had tried traditional counseling and it had seemed to be moving me further away from what I wanted. After listening to several of Nicola's podcasts I decided to reach out to her. The discovery call was enlightening and she described a process that was more focused on creating a better future vs reliving the pass. From there I went through her Breakthrough Program...All I can say is Wow! Her program and guidance has quickly changed my mindset which has in turn improved all my relationships and overall stress level. I highly recommend working with Nicola and can't thank her enough for her help and care.
Ciaran CarlisleCiaran Carlisle
22:16 23 Jan 22
My partner and I spent a number of sessions with Nicola discussing our relationship difficulties, both together and one on one sessions. She has been so good to talk to - incredibly helpful and understanding with our problems.My partner and I have come out of this with a better understanding and move love for each other. Nicola has taught us many techniques to use in situations were we feel at odds which has been fantastic. We would recommend Nicola 100% for relationship advice.Thank you so much again.
Loida Delgado-PerezLoida Delgado-Perez
03:09 22 Jan 22
Nicola's marriage counselling have been life changing for both my partner and I. The learnings have been exponential and have transform us individually and as a couple. We reached out to Nicola at the lowest point of our relationship and about to break apart. Her compassionate and smart yet practical advice and exercises transform us in such a way that we are now at the best we've ever been personally and as a couple.As a result we've decided to get married and book Nicola every year for a couple's check in! I couldn't recommend her sessions more to anyone feeling stuck and wanting to be in a better place. Best investment of time, money and effort EVER. Thank you Nicola, you are an inspiration to me and many others :)
Christianne KaddoumChristianne Kaddoum
17:19 20 Oct 21
The hours I’ve spent working with Nicola have been the most valuable of my life.I now feel equipped to do things differently. It’s been the most liberating and empowering experience and I’ve learnt things that will stay with me forever.Through the excellent help from Nicola, it is now possible for me to have a different and healthier approach to various situations.She has professionally helped me to consider my perspectives in a way I hadn’t before.I can finally begin to reframe my life experience and see them in a whole new light.Thanks Nicola!