Differences between Coaching and Therapy
Jan 16, 2023
Coaching and therapy are equally valid tools when used in the right circumstances. We believe that in the absence of a clinical need to support an individual, coaching can be a more effective and powerful choice.
As an example: someone suffering from severe anxiety and frequent panic attacks that disrupt their daily life will clearly benefit from therapy. A person who feels anxious about a forthcoming performance, event or task will benefit from coaching that equips them with tools and techniques to move forward and achieve their goals.
|Clinical tool for illness||A performance and wellbeing tool linked to life and career goals|
|Focus is the past and today||Focus is today and the future|
|Style can be slow and deep as necessary||Can be a mix of challenge and support and sometimes pacy|
|Usually requires long term commitment||Generally short term-limited number of sessions|
|Main outcome is understanding||Main outcome is improved performance|
|Meeting 50 minutes weekly||Meeting is tailored to the individual client|
|Focus on difficulties||Focus on tools and techniques for success|
|It’s about overcoming illness||It’s about learning to thrive|
|Sadly, still some resistance to having ‘therapy’||‘Coaching’ is familiar, ie. dance coach, voice coach|
|Need to go deep as part of the process||Focus is on future potential not on past issues|
|Can be quite heavy going at times||Designed to be empowering and uplifting|