The UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center offers UAB, UAB Medicine and Viva Health employees, and members of their immediate household, up to 15 sessions each of counseling and professional life coaching services. Visit the webpage for Homewood City School System Employeesi3 Academy Charter School Employees and Trussville City School Employees for information on benefits.

Life Coaching sessions will typically run up to 30 minutes. These sessions will occur in person at the EACC, over the computer using distance software, or over the telephone. The Coach and Coachee will establish how the sessions will take place during the initial intake. As the focus for these services is different from EACC counseling services, use the guide below to determine what would be most beneficial for you at this time.

EACC Life Coaching Resources

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Life Coaching vs. Counseling*

What is Counseling?

  • Counseling helps clients explore and understand their world and discover better ways of thinking and living.
  • Counseling addresses emotional issues, past experiences, and focuses on healing.
  • Counseling is beneficial for issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationship challenges, stress, etc.
  • Counseling confronts and often challenges the client’s internal belief system.
  • Counseling is a process that can last longer than life coaching.

What is Life Coaching?

  • Life coaching incorporates collaboration between coach and client to achieve identified goals. These goals can be in areas such as work performance, weight loss, organization, or any area of life you are seeking greater success.
  • Life coaching is strengths-based and focuses on skill building, planning, and organization.
  • Life coaching is focused in the present and is forward-looking, assuming a positive view of the future, and is intended to help you succeed.
  • Life coaching creates movement and change, which is supported through goal setting and accountability check-ins.
  • Life coaching helps clients identify challenges, and turn those challenges into victories.
  • Life coaching is action oriented and focused on results.

*It is in the client's best interest to not participate in life coaching and counseling simultaneously.