Counseling, Coaching, Mentoring, or Consulting OH MY!

Counseling, Coaching, Mentoring, or Consulting OH MY!

© Jessica Richards, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern October 30, 2014 Starting out as a new counselor (post-graduation) presents with a lot of excitement, concerns, worries, fears, frustrations, obstacles etc. Often our main concerns and immediate focus is to become a Registered Intern and conquer full Licensure. Then, it happens… the frustrations of just finalizing years of tireless education, often times working full-time and supporting ourselves as well as, a family even. Mostly, on student aid or loans, we hope that the “other side” will show us a little glimmer of light and we will find relief only to realize we are not quiet finished yet. Being a Registered Intern does not hold the same weight as it does in other fields such as Physician Assistance, we still have a long road ahead of us. With that said, our second focus then becomes “how to make it through” which leads to job searching in cross related fields and positions. One particular interest, most new counselors turn to, is Coaching or Consulting however, buyer beware! If you are seeking a licensure in mental health, marriage and family, or social work AND contemplating adding coaching to your services during your internship, make sure that you do your research and know what you are getting yourself into. Risking a license that you do not have may not be a risk you want to take. Nevertheless, many Registered Interns as well as fully Licensed Professionals do offer both coaching and counseling services. Here is what we know: What is the difference between coaching, counseling, consulting, or mentoring? Coaching The Coach’s primary attention is on...
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