What is the difference between Coaching, Counselling and Mentoring?
Coaching, counselling and mentoring all support the individual in developing their self-awareness as well as their awareness of how the actions of others can impact them, their thoughts and their behaviours.
However, they all take slightly different approaches: for example, coaching is largely focussed on building towards a positive future and often has a goals-orientated approach, whilst counselling often concentrates more on healing past pain.
All of our coaches and counsellors have had specific training in their area of expertise. Our mentors don't have any training or qualifications, but help people based on their own personal experience of removing alcohol from their lives.
"Ben’s an awesome coach - he's friendly, constructive and non-judgmental. We found a nice balance between exploring topics broadly whilst also getting on with specific tasks. Our conversations helped to me reduce the amount of headspace alcohol took up and enabled me to reframe things for a healthier and more positive outlook."
Michael in Brussels
"I couldn't be happier with my experience of working with Susan. From our first session she created a safe and supportive space for me to explore my thoughts and feelings. Susan was incredibly skilled at helping me to identify and overcome the obstacles that were holding me back. What I appreciated most about Susan was her genuine care and compassion. She genuinely wanted to see me succeed and went above and beyond to help me achieve my goals."
Angela in Newcastle
OTI is proud to be one of the founding members of Sober Code, and all of our coaches, mentors and counsellor's subscribe to the following code of ethics:
to always help to protect those whose alcohol dependence makes them vulnerable
to always ask qualifying questions about alcohol dependence as part of the chemistry session if you believe that there is a risk of physical dependence (using the AUDIT tool)
to ensure that people who you suspect may be physically dependent on alcohol understand that withdrawal can be fatal if not managed properly
to always direct those who you believe may have a physical dependence on alcohol to seek more specialist treatment through their doctor
to ensure that all people seeking sobriety are treated with dignity and respect at all times
to always put the welfare and needs of the client before your own