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Coaching, Consulting, Therapy, oh my!

What are the differences between the three?



The fact is that many of the differences between modern therapy and personal coaching aren't as big as we might like them to appear. Both professionals can be working with fully functioning adults who are working through a difficult situation.

Both disciplines focus on helping people make changes and accomplish goals that really matter to clients. The main difference is that they are different ways of working; each with its own special value.


Psychotherapy generally deals with people with emotional/behavioral problems and disruptive situations - and seeks to bring the client to normal function by focusing on dysfunction. The primary focus is on healing.


Coaching, on the other hand, deals with functional people who want to move toward higher function - and achieve excellence while creating an extraordinary life. The primary focus is on evolving and manifestation of potential. Healing is often a side effect.


Additionally, the expectations and focus the client brings to the professional relationship sets the context as coaching, or as therapy.


Consultants show you how to do something. Consulting is guidance from someone, usually in the same specialty, who can advise, encourage, and support you in your day to day work.


Therapists help answer the "why do I?" questions. Therapy is for you to understand and come to terms with your past, and for support to contain and move out of a crisis situation.


Coaches focus on the present. Coaching is about moving you forward, from where you are in your life to where you want to be.


Do you have any questions on coaching vs therapy, and which one might be right for you at this time? Feel free to use the contact me form so we can have a chat about it!




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