Coaching vs Therapy

What's the difference between coaching and therapy?

Coaching and traditional therapy differ, and they can be used separately or together to create a strong foundation for your life. Therapy helps you understand attitudes or behaviors in your past, and heal and gain closure on troubling events.

Coaching looks at how your past impacts you now. It focuses on the present and moves you forward by using your strengths, gifts and inherent wisdom to guide you to a more balanced and fulfilling future. Coaches are collaborators, rather than experts. Unlike therapists, they do not diagnose mental disorders.

Coaching vs. Therapy

Coaching Therapy
Views both parties as naturally creative, resourceful and whole. Does not diagnose or treat. More apt to view client from medical model. Diagnoses and Treats.
Trained to work with functioning clients Trained to work with major entrenched problems
Works with clients that are able to form an alliance and have common goals Works with clients with entrenched problems
Collaborative process Therapist is the “Expert”
Coach and client are on a peer basis Hierarchical differences between therapist and clients
Alliance designed by coach and client together Treatment plan largely designed by Therapist
Focus on evolving and manifesting potential Focus on healing and understanding
Emphasis on present and future Emphasis on past and present
Action and being oriented Insight oriented
Solution oriented Problem oriented
Explore actions and behaviors that manifest high self-esteem Explore genesis of behavior that create low self-esteem
Regard and coach negative self-beliefs as temporary obstacles Analyze and treat origins and historical roots of negative self-beliefs
Marie Grigorian
Coaching for Excellence

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Glendale, CA 91206

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Coaching can help with:
  • Money
  • Career
  • Body
  • Strategy
  • Relationships
  • Communication
  • Balance
  • Confidence
  • Advanced Leadership Workshops, Leadership Development
  • Effectiveness & Performance Development
  • Enhancing your people Management Skills
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills
  • Strengthening your Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Working Effectively with Colleagues of Different Leadership Styles
  • Assimilation and Transition Coaching
  • Visioning, Strategy Facilitation, and Goal Setting