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

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

Absorbs 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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