In the coaching relationship, two people – the coach and coachee – agree to work together in order to forward the learning, awareness and development of the coachee. This implies that coaching is focused on the future, and not on the past. In no way should coaching be construed as counselling, which deals with healing and the resolution of the past. Neither is coaching the same as mentoring or consulting.
A consultant is normally hired to impart their expertise and recommendations, and similarly, a mentor is someone, normally in a similar line of work to the mentee, who has experience, wisdom and knowledge to pass on.
A coach is not trained to deal with serious emotional matters. Within the Code of Ethics to which all Coaching Mums coaches adhere, we will always refer a client to a professionally trained and accredited counsellor with issues such as abuse, alcoholism, substance abuse, phobias, depression etc.
A coach does not, and some would argue should not, be an expert in their client’s field of expertise. Coaching is effective by its objective nature. We will work on your agenda, not mine!