Coaching vs. Therapy

A common misconception is that coaching is the same as therapy but they are very different.

Therapy is intended to help people recover from emotional or other psychological disorders such as depression or anxiety. Coaching, on the other hand, is intended to help healthy individuals achieve personal goals. The services provided by this company are “Coaching” services and are not to be used or in place of professional therapy or any other service that requires professional medical assistance.

The table below shows a quick “generic” side-by-side comparison of coaching vs. therapy.

Coaching and Therapy


  • Client is emotionally and psychologically healthy
  • Focuses on the present and future
  • Driven by goals and taking action
  • Works toward a higher level of functioning
  • Results-based and focuses on exploring solutions
  • Asks, “Where would you like to be and how can you get there?”
  • Acts on information
  • Done over the phone, internet or in person
  • Coach and client collaborate on solutions
  • Contact between sessions expected (accountability and wins)


  • Client is emotionally unwell and in needs healing
  • Focuses on dealing with the past
  • Driven by unresolved issues and feelings
  • Works to achieve understanding and emotional healing
  • Explores the root of problems and offers explanation
  • Asks, “How did that make you feel?”
  • Absorbs information
  • Done in an office setting
  • Therapist is the ‘expert’
  • Contact between sessions for crisis and difficulties only
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