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
Client is emotionally unwell and in needs healing
Focuses on the present and future
Focuses on dealing with the past
Driven by goals and taking action
Driven by unresolved issues and feelings
Works toward a higher level of functioning
Works to achieve understanding and emotional healing
Results-based and focuses on exploring solutions
Explores the root of problems and offers explanation
Asks, “Where would you like to be and how can you get there?”
Asks, “How did that make you feel?”
Acts on information
Done over the phone, internet or in person
Done in an office setting
Coach and client collaborate on solutions
Therapist is the ‘expert’
Contact between sessions expected (accountability and wins)
Contact between sessions for crisis and difficulties only
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