Blog Post from Zach Prosser, PCC

Coaching, Counseling, or Both?

At Emerge, we have the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of innovation — partnering counseling and coaching in one organization to see clients find rest and live free.
Imagine that when the next time you go to sleep, a miracle happens and you wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and your problem has vanished. What is different about this morning than any other morning?

Coaching embarks on the journey of visioning the future and discovering the depths of the inner person that must shift for this new reality to exist. It would be great to wake up tomorrow without today’s problem. Coaching brings you one step closer to that reality.

Coaching and counseling both desire to see the client existing in that new reality of the problem gone and new possibilities discovered.

Coaching and counseling both desire to see the client existing in that new reality of the problem gone and new possibilities discovered. Many areas of coaching and counseling overlap. This is what makes the partnership at Emerge with coaching and counseling so meaningful. Together, a client can walk through steps to wholeness with a team of support.

Coaches at Emerge have received proper, International Coaching Federation (ICF) approved training that assists the coach in understanding when to refer to a clinical counselor. Additionally, clinicians at Emerge have a unique opportunity to partner coaches with clients as a part of treatment plans and ongoing support.

The approach of counseling typically is retrospective, identifying the core of the past trauma, hurt, or experience that may be affecting the person’s future progress today. Coaching focuses on a prospective outlook, diving deep into the core of the person, but does not diagnose and treat past problems. Coaching creates a space for the client to set the desired outcome for each session.

Clients of Emerge can call or go online to begin the process of receiving coaching services just as they would counseling services. Clients can ask their counselor for a partnership with a coach, or their coach for a partnership with counselor. Great coaches and great counselors see this partnership of coaching and counseling as a relationship that will amplify the breakthrough and growth of clients.

Every great coach has the belief that every client is capable and resourceful. Coaches hold the clients capable of their own future possibilities. As a client makes that internal shift of being in order to move forward, action plans are created, accountability designed, and success in the outcome is possible. Together, coaching and counseling make an incredible partnership. At Emerge we have the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of innovation — partnering counseling and coaching in one organization to see clients find rest and live free.

Zach Prosser, PCC

Director of Coaching

Zach Prosser, PCC, is a global award-winning coach with experience of over 12 years in executive leadership and 20 years of nonprofit and pastoral ministry. He also serves on the ICF Foundation’s Council of Ambassadors bringing the impact of coaching to the world through social initiatives and education.

Among his coaching background, Zach holds certification in a range of psychometric assessments including 360 assessments, workplace inventories, and behavioral styles. Zach also holds a Doctorate of Divinity. He has also served as a university-level lecturer, and partners with a local ranch to provide coaching-equine experiences to coachees and organizations.

 Zach’s passion to make an impact is demonstrated in his authentic coaching and facilitating presence, which empowers coachees and participants to advance and achieve results exponentially. Whether coaching C-suite executives, nonprofit leaders, or facilitating learning experiences, Zach’s passion for coaching is seen and felt in tangible results and personal growth.