Coaching vs Counseling 2018-02-20T22:39:33+00:00

Coaching vs Counseling?

coaching vs counseling

This couple knows the difference between coaching vs counseling.

What is best for us?

Couples often ask: coaching vs counseling, what’s the difference? Coaching focuses on the present and moving forward. It focuses on helping couples better understand one another and solutions to their issues. Coaches help couples move from where they are to where they want to be and recognize that each marriage is different.  Coaches will not tell you what to do, but will help you figure out what will work best for you as a couple.

MarriageTeam coaching gives couples new tools and helps them apply the tools to have the marriage they want.  Roughly 25 to 30% of couples who come to MarriageTeam considered divorce.  An overwhelming majority (over 85%) decide not to divorce after completing coaching. MarriageTeam routinely makes referrals to counselors if a situation is not “coachable.”

  • Marriage Coaching creates a partnership between the coaches and the couples they coach. Coaches are experts on the process; couples are experts on their relationship and ultimately have the answers.
  • Number of Sessions: 10-12 sessions.
  • Session Length: 2 to 3 hours, varies according to the couple.
  • Cost: $16 per hour.

See what couples say about their MarriageTeam coaching experience.


Counseling is for couples who need more specialized help to address past hurts, mental health issues, or other behaviors that are beyond coaching. It often focuses on understanding the past to create health in the present.  Dr Steve Stephens, counselor and author, has said that 70% of his clients could benefit from coaching and do not need a licensed counselor. So there is a significant overlap where coaching and counseling can help couples.

  • There is a counselor-client relationship which tends to assume a medical model where the counselor has the answers.
  • Number of Sessions: Varies widely, can be for an extended period.
  • Session Length: Typically 50 minutes.
  • Cost: Typically $75 to $150 per session; $90 to $180 per hour.