What’s the difference between therapy and coaching?
Many therapists are branching out into coaching services, and many coaches advertise services that sound a lot like therapy. What’s the difference between therapy and coaching?
The most basic difference is in what these professions do. Therapists assess, diagnose, and treat mental illness. As such, therapists often focus their work on identifying and reducing symptoms.
Coaches motivate and encourage people to achieve specific goals. Because it does not involve identifying and reducing symptoms, coaches often describe their work as being more positive in nature.
Of course, there is overlap; many therapists focus attention on client strengths and resources, and many coaches aim to reduce and resolve the problems that stand in the way of clients achieving their goals.