Common Definitions of Terms
We are trained mediators and Coaches. In addition to mediation services and conflict resolution training to the business community they are experienced consultants to the Christian Camping Industry and non-profit sector.
O’Neal Mediation & Coaching Services offers Leadership, Marriage, Pre-Marriage and Life Coaching & Mentoring. We are not licensed counselors, medical doctors or attorneys and as such we will not offer legal or medical advice.
We do offer solid biblical insight through career and life experience and continued education. For further information about our education, training and experience please see “About Us”.
O’Neal Mediation & Coaching Services will refer clients to other professionals if the client’s needs are outside the area of our experience and training.
Many ask what is the difference between consulting, counseling, mentoring and coaching. Counselors look from past to the present assisting the client with healing emotional wounds and often giving the client a fresh perspective on the past. Coaches on the other hand look from the present to the future assisting the client identify roadblocks to their goals and dreams.
The following information is provided to give our clients a clear understanding of the meaning of these “terms” and the differences in these areas to assist potential clients in making a good decision regarding their specific needs for personal assistance.
Coaches work with people who intend to make changes in their lives to accomplish more or enhance the quality of their lives. With listening skills, effective questioning, and challenges, coaches assist their clients in reaching their clients goals and solutions.  Coaches provide options to consider and exchange ideas. The client sets the agenda. Many coaches specialize in one or more areas, for example: executive coaching, retirement coaching etc. Some work by telephone and have nationwide or global practices. Licensing is not currently a requirement, but certifications are awarded to coaches with specific training and experience.
Mentors work with people who are starting out in a business, ministry or life transition where the mentor has experience and can offer credible insight.
Counselors work with individuals who have diagnosable illness and/or behavior that may prevent them from functioning well. States require that counselors and therapists be licensed to practice based upon advanced degrees and ongoing education.
Consultants are generally considered experts in their field.  They use their experience to implement change, lead management teams, to manage projects, and structure staff, management and organizational development.  They make recommendations and point out potential flaws in organizational leadership and process. Some companies engage consultants on an ongoing basis still others hire consultants for a specific project.
Pastoral Counselors
Pastoral Counselors work with people desiring a deeper understanding of scripture in order to apply this understanding to everyday life.  Pastoral Counselors have extensive biblical training and/or seminary degrees along with training and certification in Pastoral Counseling.