Traditional counseling or therapy approaches tend to be oriented towards exploring patterns or situations which occurred in the past, and were (or still are) creating problems in your current life. Traditional counseling or therapy are often accompanied by a mental health diagnosis and treatment plan.
While personal coaching also requires intensive training in listening and counseling skills, it is instead focused on what is happening now in your life, and where you would like to be in the future. Coaching provides personalized goals and an accountable partnership to help facilitate that process and support you along the way.
Coaching: takes place in the present and, while we often create visions of an ideal future, we bring those visions into the present moment and use them as a place to come from, not a place to get to.
Therapy: Most often focuses on past wounds and interpreting the way someone is showing up in the world based upon something that happened in their past.
Coach: Partner who co-creates the relationship. Since coaching carries less taboo than therapy, it is often appropriate for clients and coaches to have dual relationships. The coach is not the expert and does not give advice or try to ‘fix’ their clients. They do not give advice or make interventions.
Therapist: Are in the expert role, provide diagnoses and interventions based upon them. A dual relationship is strictly forbidden.
Coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines psychotherapy as “the informed and intentional application of clinical methods and interpersonal stances derived from established psychological principles for the purpose of assisting people to modify their behaviors, cognitions, emotions, and/or other personal characteristics in directions that the participants deem desirable4.” The main distinctions between coaching and psychotherapy are based on focus, purpose, and population5.
Coaching focuses on visioning, success, the present, and moving into the future6. Therapy emphasizes psychopathology, emotions, and the past in order to understand the present.
The purpose of coaching is frequently about performance improvement, learning, or development in some area of life while therapy often dives into deep-seated emotional issues to work on personal healing or trauma recovery. Coaching tends to work with well-functioning individuals whereas therapy work tends to be for individuals with some level of dysfunction or disorder. Therapy works more with developing skills for managing emotions or past issues than coaching.
All coaching sessions are strictly confidential. Video coaching sessions are held via a HIPPA compliant platform.
Our initial telephone Meet & Greet Session is 15 minutes long and complementary.
Manage the Moments™ sessions, Weekly Coaching, and Next Steps™ sessions are billed at the rate of $100.00 per hour. Payments are processed via Thera-Link, a secure, HIPAA compliant scheduling and payment platform for therapists and coaches. We do not accept insurance however we are happy to provide you with an invoice you can submit to your carrier.
Coaching for Caregivers can help you on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, and is completely customized to meet your unique needs. Together, we will create a plan that works best for you.