How Coaching is Different

How is Coaching Different from Counseling and Therapy?

Coaching, counseling and therapy share many common elements. In general terms, each discipline focuses on providing the client with the support and assistance necessary to realize positive changes and achieve desired goals.

Counseling and therapy focus, in large part, on the diagnosis, treatment and healing of psychological disorders, often stemming from the client’s past.  A significant goal of counseling and therapy is on providing the necessary treatment to support the process of healing.  The counselor or therapist is the professional of choice for individuals dealing with feelings, emotions and unresolved psychological issues, which exist as barriers to positive development. 

At times, clients may benefit from the services provided by both a career coach and a counselor.  For those clients interested in working with a professional counselor, we are pleased to arrange a referral to one of our trusted colleagues in counseling and psychotherapy.  These mental health professionals have the training and expertise to assist clients with a broad spectrum of issues, including: anxiety, burnout, motivation and focus, depression, stress management, dealing with the “difficult” boss, conflict management, and low self esteem. 

In COACHING, the client’s past may be reviewed and discussed, but the focus of these discussions is on exploring how the client will move forward in their life.  Coach and client work together to identify what motivates the client and to clarify aspirations the client can pursue with passion. 

Through COACHING, the client takes a very active role in setting the agenda for each session. Coaching examines the present and explores possibilities and expectations for the future.  COACHING provides a framework of support and encouragement for the client, to identify goals and take very specific, immediate steps to achieve meaningful results.