Counseling or Coaching?

Human Nature Wellness, LLC - Sabrina Merz, MS, LPCC

In order to enact social distancing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, I have made the decision to move all clients to online or telephone appointments for the foreseeable future. I have used secure video conferencing for coaching and therapy work for a couple of years already, and find most clients are making the transition easily. Please call or text if you would like to learn more.

When you come to Human Nature Wellness, we will discuss whether to form a counseling relationship, or one based in coaching. As I offer both counseling and coaching in Boulder, it is that you understand the differences between these two ways of working. Doing so, you can make an informed choice. Coaching is only available to high-functioning clients. If you are here to work on past trauma, with problems that are causing you distress, mental health issues, or any sort of deeper need, you will be better served by counseling services. For more information about finding your fit with counseling or coaching, check out this article from the American Counseling Association.

equine therapy and coaching with Sabrina MerzCounseling

Counseling is also called psychotherapy. It is an in-depth clinical process. As such, it is shaped around a treatment plan and a scientifically based intervention process. Clients work in relationship with their counselor to examine past and present issues affecting their lives. Counselors may diagnose the client, and major goals include relief of troubling symptoms and improved future outlook. If you have any sort of mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression, you should seek counseling and not coaching.


woman in forest demonstrating coaching with Sabrina MerzCoaching

Coaching is a strengths based and future focused process. It is for clients who want to concentrate on making specific lifestyle improvements. To be a good fit with coaching, you should have a mainly stable life, and be free from mental health problems. In coaching sessions, you identify goals, and a plan is collaboratively built to help you achieve these. If you come for coaching, be ready to enact action plans and accomplish your goals!


I work with coaching clients worldwide through confidential video conferencing. Generally a set number of sessions are contracted for, with payment due when the contract is signed. Payment plans can be arranged.