Coaching Vs. Consulting and Therapy

July 12, 2012
Coaching Vs. Consulting and Therapy

You may already have experience in social work, counseling, and traditional therapy and be transforming into coaching. You may already know myriads about the ‘human condition’ and human behavior. If so, may we suggest that you take off your “psychological hat” and place it well into the background while coaching.


An active coach must always keep his or her mind open and entirely free from judgment that may have been learned while doing previous work. Open your mind to your client as she or he is speaking and listen closely to their heart as they express their thoughts and feelings to you. Listen without ever endeavoring to diagnose or treat them.

·    Consultants advise to solve a client’s problems

·    Coaches guide their clients to their own solutions

·    Consultants are focused on results

·    Coaches are focused on the person

·    Consultants are hired to produce certain results

·    Coaches are hired to support the client as he or she works to achieve a certain outcome


The needs and wants of every client are always the focus. There may be some similarities between coaching and therapy; however, they are not one in the same. We must make this perfectly clear – coaching is not appropriate for individuals suffering from chronic depression, anxiety, neuroses or addictions.

Coaching clients are ‘well’ individuals who have generally accepted their past and want to put full focus on their future. They are persons who take responsibility for their lives and will benefit from personal accountability.

Coaching as opposed to therapy –

·    Therapists work with clients that require professional help to work towards resolution

·    Coaches work with clients who want a detached partner to work issues through with

·    Therapists are experts in medical and behavioral sciences trained in diagnosis

·     Coaches see their clients strengths, and areas that require further development

·     Therapists are required to keep their personal feelings and thoughts removed

·     Coaches use their insights and intuition to lead and guide the client to fulfillment 

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