Semantics or substance? Preliminary evidence in the debate between life coaching and counselling

Griffiths, Kerryn & Campbell, Marilyn A. (2008) Semantics or substance? Preliminary evidence in the debate between life coaching and counselling. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 1(2), pp. 164-175.

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The similarities and differences between life coaching and counselling are vigorously debated in the literature and amongst practitioners. However, to date there has been insufficient empirical evidence with extensive focus on the distinctions and significantly less acknowledgement of the similarities. This paper presents findings from in depth interviews in Australia of five internationally trained life coaches and nine of their clients in various countries. It reviews the distinctions between coaching and counselling presented in the literature and provides qualitative evidence to support, clarify and challenge current claims that the distinction is principally definitional. In so doing, it demonstrates substantive similarities between coaching and counselling and recommends collaboration rather than competition between the two disciplines.

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ID Code: 14912
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: coaching, counselling, therapy
DOI: 10.1080/17521880802328095
ISSN: 1752-1890
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Counselling (130305)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice [Volume 1, Issue 2, 2008] [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at:
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 05:01

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