The Differences Between Coaching & Therapy
- Focus is often on the past, childhood experiences, and old patterns of behavior.
- Often asks “why?”
- Often focused on understanding patterns of behavior and feelings; releasing feelings associated with past trauma, abuse, and loss.
- Focus is on freeing client from the past so they can choose new possibilities in the future.
- Does not relate from a position of expert, authority, or heale.
- Clients often dealing with serious pain and suffering, and complex personal issues.
- Client does more work as the therapy progresses.
- Generally serious in spirit, in relation to how serious the client’s issues are.
- Can be used concurrently with coaching.
- Advice and opinions generally are not offered.
- Contact most often face-to-face, on a standardized schedule.
- Doesn’t engage in deep emotional work on childhood issues.
- Seldom ask “why?”
- Focus is on learning through action – a partnership between self-discovery and sustainable action.
- Focus is on the present and making it come alive. Holding client’s biggest dreams & desires, making them come true right now.
- Client and coach are in partnership.
- Clients engage with meaningful challenges in creating the life they most want to liv.
- Client does the work & focus is on the client taking their own action.
- Respectful, creative spirit of discovery even when issues are serious.
- Can be used concurrently with therapy.
- Advice, suggestions,& opinions may be offered.
- Contact can often be by phone and email as well as face-to-face.