The difference is between someone who jumps on your side or tells you what they think is best, and a professional who has no vested interests and is trained to help you activate your strengths to resolve the challenge you are facing.
When you’ve been confiding in friends or family, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of the negative emotions, or feel ashamed of the difficult time in your life.
A counsellor or coach can help you approach your situation in a new way –teach you knew skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself.
Counselling or coaching is also completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about people you are close to knowing your business.