Coaching v Therapy

People often ask: Is Coaching the same as Counseling?
The answer is: It is not.

This table highlights some of the main differences:

Coaching Therapy
Focuses on the present and the future Focuses on the past
Belief that the client is empowered Belief that patient is broken/unwell
Involves goals and achievement Involves therapeutic interventions
Focuses on action Focuses on talking

This is an important distinction. Coaching can help most people achieve their goals. However, if a coach suspects a client has some issues that are outside their realm of expertise then they will refer them to the appropriate professional. A coach should never attempt to counsel a client because this blurs the role of the coach, resulting in a weaker coaching relationship.


“True freedom comes from how you respond to life and not from what life does to you!” – Anonymous