Coaching vs.Therapy

The Differences

  1. Focus and Orientation:
    • Coaching: Primarily future-oriented and goal-focused. Coaches work with clients to enhance their skills, achieve specific objectives, and optimize their potential.
    • Therapy: Often past-oriented, with a focus on resolving emotional or psychological issues, addressing trauma, and promoting healing.
Therapy vs. Coaching

Other Differences:

Scope of Issues

  • Coaches: Coaches generally focus on specific areas such as career development, leadership, communication skills, time management, and achieving personal goals.They do not diagnose or treat mental health disorders.
  • Therapists are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD and disorders such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders.They work with individuals to explore deep-seated emotional and psychological issues.

Time Frame

  • Coaching: Generally shorter-term and goal-specific, with a focus on achieving tangible outcomes within a defined time frame.
  • Therapy: Can be shorter or longer-term, depending on the nature and complexity of the issues being addressed.


  1. Client-Centered Approach:
    • Both coaching and therapy involve a client-centered approach, where the practitioner tailors their methods to the unique needs and goals of the individual.
  2. Building a Relationship:
    • Establishing a trusting and supportive relationship is crucial in both coaching and therapy.
  3. Active Listening:
    • Both coaching and therapy practitioners employ active listening skills to understand and empathize with the client’s experiences.

Issues Addressed in Coaching:

  1. Career Development: Setting and achieving career goals, improving job performance, navigating career transitions.
  2. Leadership Development: Enhancing leadership skills, strategic thinking, and decision-making.
  3. Life Transitions: Coping with life changes, such as relocation, retirement, or changes in personal relationships.
  4. Personal Growth: Building self-awareness, confidence, and resilience.
  5. Skill Enhancement: Improving communication, time management, and problem-solving skills.
  6. Breaking through limiting beliefs
  7. Goal Setting & Achievement
  8. Finding more Purpose and Meaning in life
Coaching is about LOoking forward

What to Expect in a Typical Coaching Session:

  1. Reflection: Encouraging self-reflection to enhance self-awareness and learning.
  2. Goal Setting: Clearly defining and refining goals and objectives.
  3. Action Planning: Developing concrete action plans to achieve the identified goals.
  4. Accountability: Holding the client accountable for taking specific actions and making progress.
  5. Feedback: Providing constructive feedback to support the client’s development.

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