Coaching vs Therapy

Life coaching provides healthy individuals, couples or families, with strategies for success by working collaboratively with said individual/groups to improve awareness, mindfulness and aid in facilitating the progress the individual/group desires .

There are distinct differences between therapy and coaching.  I am not a trained therapist and therefore cannot diagnose or treat mental illness or disorders.  To attempt to do so is unethical and dangerous to all involved.  I work with individuals/groups to achieve short term action plans and goals.

The International Coaching Federation distinguishes the differences between Coaching and Therapy in the following ways:

“Coaching can be distinguished from therapy in a number of ways. First, coaching is a profession that supports personal and professional growth and development based on individual-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is forward moving and future focused. Therapy, on the other hand, deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or a relationship between two or more individuals. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past which hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with present life and work circumstances in more emotionally healthy ways. Therapy outcomes often include improved emotional/feeling states. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one’s work or personal life. The emphasis in a coaching relationship is on action, accountability and follow through.”