Distinctions Between Therapy and Coaching
Coaching is a professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations, helping them bridge the gap between where they are now and where they want to be. Coaches partner with their clients to design the life they want, bring out their clients’ own brilliance and resources so that they can achieve excellence and create purposeful, extraordinary lives. By creating clarity, coaching moves the client into action, accelerating their progress by providing greater focus and awareness of all the possibilities which exist to create fulfilling lives.
|Deals mostly with a person’s past and trauma, and seeks healing.||Deals mostly with a person’s present and seeks to guide them into a more desirable future.
|Doctor-patient relationship (Therapist has the answers).||Co-creative equal partnership (Coach helps client discover their own answers).|
|Assumes emotions are a symptom of and something wrong.||Assumes emotions are natural and provides suggestions to normalize them.|
|The Therapist provides professional expertise and guidelines to give you a path to healing.||The Coach stands with you, and helps YOU identify the challenges, then works with you to turn challenges into victories and holds you accountable to reach your desired goals.|
The underlying philosophy behind coaching is that we humans have immeasurable resources of energy, wisdom, ability and genius waiting to be set in motion. We can create the life we want faster and more easily by partnering with a coach who helps us utilize these resources to facilitate change and realize our potential.
This is from an article written by Patrick Williams EdD. MCC. in Choice Magazine Volume 5 #3. Dr Williams is the Director of the Life Coach Training Institute. This the link for a pdf of the article. http://www.lifecoachtraining.com/resources/articles/articles/Choice_Border_line.pdf