Basically, the difference is one of severity. Coaching is for people who are functioning at an "OK" level, but they want to improve or enhance some area of their life. Examples may include work satisfaction, relationship improvement, defining life/career goals, or finding more peace in their lives. Coaching issues are not diagnosable mental disorders and coaching services would not be reimbursable by health insurance.
Counseling, or psychotherapy, is usually sought by people who are not functioning at an "OK" level. They are under considerable distress and may be referred by a physician or other healthcare provider. Examples may include clinical depression, panic attacks, extreme anxiety or acute grief. Counseling issues are diagnosable mental disorders and are usually reimbursable by health insurance.
I am a provider for the following insurance panels: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Scott & White Health Plan, and Value Options.
My private pay fee is $100 per 50 minute session.
I am also a provider for the Threads of Hope network, which has financial resources available for counseling, if the client can't afford the full price.
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