What is the difference between coaching and therapy?

Coaching and therapy are synergistic and different interventions, although there is an overlap in the tools and skills used by coaches and therapists delivering solution-focused, positive, and future-oriented models. At its simplest, coaches support clients who are not experiencing serious mental distress make desired changes to build a better future, whereas therapists generally work with clients in distress and help them heal small and large emotional traumas and/or manage mental health conditions and dysfunctional mental patterns. Therapists are licensed to treat diagnosable disorders. Coaches are not clinical diagnosticians and do not focus directly on improving a clinically diagnosed condition, although coaching programs can serve well as an adjunct to mental health interventions.

How can coaching help?

There are reasons for why we make the behavioral choices that we do, but we are not always aware of the deeper motivation or root cause leading to the decision. Sometimes, we form behaviors or habits that do not serve our well-being. There is usually a story we are telling ourselves that is influencing the choices we make. Often the story is a by-product of past experiences, which can result in self-doubt and self-criticism and may be holding us back from living an authentic, happy, and healthy life. As a Health Coach, I guide my clients on a journey of self-discovery. Through collaboration between coach and client, greater self-awareness is created, empowering positive changes, and resulting in improved well-being. My style of Health Coaching helps clients develop the skills necessary to make the changes they desire, by co-creating supportive practices that can be easily integrated into their life, with long-lasting results. Because each person has different issues and goals for coaching, I tailor my coaching approach to your specific needs.

I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who get coaching weak?

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

The difference is between someone who can do something and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A Coach can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, coaching is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not possible to say on a general FAQ page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time coaching can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek coaching in the first place.

I want to get the most out of coaching. What can I do to help?

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.