Professional coaching is distinctly different than counseling or psychotherapy.
Coaching is often more interactive and action-oriented than psychotherapy.
And while coaching deepens your self-learning and self-acceptance in the same way that therapy might, at the same time it also gives you the tools, support, and direction to “move on” into new possibilities, relationships, and behaviors.
It is important to know the difference between the two services and in some instances, a client may work with both a coach and a therapist.
The International Coach Federation’s definition of coaching quoted in part that is as follows:
“Professional Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations.
Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.
In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions.
This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action.
Coaching accelerates the client’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice.
Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future.
Coaches recognize that results are a matter of the client’s intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coach’s efforts and application of the coaching process.”
If you are interested in life / career coaching, please reach out to schedule an initial consultation to evaluate and determine whether it is appropriate to begin coaching services or if it may be more clinically appropriate to begin psychotherapy services instead.