What is the difference between counseling and coaching? While both can be helpful, there are differences.
COACHING is not therapy. It is working with a guide, or coach, to help you set and manage personal or business improvement goals. There is no mental health diagnosis, therefore, insurance does not pay for coaching services.
COUNSELING is a process by which you establish therapeutic goals and work toward achieving those goals. If you want to pay for sessions using insurance, they require that the sessions are “medically necessary.” The “identified client” will need to have a mental health diagnosis. Check with your insurance company to ask if they pay for the type of counseling you seek. Insurance companies reserve the right to review your session notes.
If you do NOT pay with insurance, counseling may also include personal growth and career counseling, and you may or may not have a mental health diagnosis. We each offer a sliding fee for those who pay themselves.