Coaching has some similarities with counselling and psychotherapy, being a confidential, professional, talking relationship. However it tends to focus more on clarifying intentions and taking action, than on reflecting on emotions and past experiences. Coaching may focus on skills and performance or may go deeper, seeking to bring about professional development or personal transformation.
Mentoring is similar to coaching, but tends to draw more specifically on the mentor’s own experience and networks. It is therefore relevant where the client is seeking to follow a similar path in life to that which the mentor has followed. It might include professional, business mentoring or family or relationship mentoring.