How is Coaching Different from Therapy?

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Therapy: This relies on awareness of past experiences to bring about healing in the present. It sometimes involves prescriptions when a mental illness is diagnosed.

Coaching: A coach does not aim to treat or cure mental health issues. Coaching sheds light on unseen possibilities and strengths, linking awareness to action.

In simple terms, therapy and counseling focus on the past, while coaching focuses on the future.

You can see how coaching and counseling services differ and overlap with this simple diagram – Therapy_vs_Consulting. As a result, a person may benefit from having both a coach and counselor.

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About the author

Robin Lavitch, MA, CPC, is the founder of Surpass Your Goals, a coaching practice for entrepreneurs, executives, tweens, school administrators, and more. Her capacity to connect with audiences, elicit thought-provoking ideas and clarify personal ambitions prepares people to apply that knowledge instantaneously to accelerate their own results in leadership, sales, and time management.

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