Some of you may wonder what is the difference between coaching and therapy. Many think they are the same, but actually they are quite different. Let’s look at the differences.
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 normal, healthy individuals achieve personal goals such as increased happiness, weight loss, improved work-life balance. etc.
Coaching: Client is emotionally and psychologically healthy
Therapy: Client is emotionally unwell and needs healing
Coaching: Focuses on the present and future
Therapy: Focuses on dealing with the past
Coaching: Driven by goals and taking action
Therapy: Driven by unresolved issues and feelings
Coaching: Works toward a higher level of functioning
Therapy: Works to achieve understanding and emotional healing
Coaching: Results-based and focuses on exploring solutions
Therapy: Explores the root of problems and offers explanation
Coaching: Asks, “Where would you like to be and how can you get there?”
Therapy: Asks, “How did that make you feel?”
Coaching: Acts on information
Therapy: Absorbs information
Coaching: Done over the phone, internet or in person
Therapy: Done in an office setting
Coaching: Coach and client collaborate on solutions
Therapy: Therapist is the ‘expert’
Coaching: Contact between sessions expected (accountability and wins)
Therapy: Contact between sessions for crisis and difficulties only