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Coaching vs Therapy

I get this question a lot lately, so let's have a look at the main differences between Therapy and Coaching!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


1. Healing vs Growing⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Therapy focuses on healing what is broken, so we talk more about psychopathology, diagnosis and treatment. In coaching the client comes whole and complete. Coaching focuses on developing new competencies and building strengths to become the person you are meant or want to be.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


2.Past vs Present / Future⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Therapy focuses more on the past, going deep to old wounds, or unresolved, unprocessed past traumas. Coaching focuses on where you are in the present, where you want to go in the future, and what can you do to bridge that gap. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


3. Diagnosis driven vs Client driven⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

In therapy the diagnosis guides the therapy, meaning that the therapist has the knowledge to heal the client. In coaching, the coach doesn't have the answers. The coach guides the client with powerful questions to reflect and enable him/her to find the answers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


If you're wondering whether therapy or coaching is what you need, then I hope the above list may be helpful. The image I've used in this post, also shows in a very simple way what coaching is. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


I particularly LOVE coaching because of how empowering it is. Coaching involves a lot of hard work and commitment from the client. However, if he/she is ready for change, the benefits are enormous. It is the client that makes it happen!

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