Call: +1(707) 523-8009     

What’s the difference between Therapy and Coaching?

Healing the Past. Focus is on emotional experience and symptoms.
Creating the future. Focus is on values, goals, actions, and outcomes.
Your goals
Therapy can be helpful for mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, addiction, resolving past trauma, phobias, and insomnia.
Coaching can be helpful for improving your quality of life by improving performance, creating a vision, making decisions, navigating obstacles, and creating work/life balance.
Style of Conversation
Therapists use inquiry, insight, artful questioning, and reflection. The client does most of the talking.
Coaches use provocative questions, and give direct, reliable feedback, ideas for action, and support. The conversation is a collaboration.
Professional Role
A Therapist has expertise with the problem for which you are seeking help. She is able to give a mental health diagnosis and provide treatment for your concerns.
A coach will collaborate with you to help you clarify and meet your goals. She is a co-creator, sometimes an advisor, mentor, or guide. She helps provide structure and accountability that helps you move forward.
Health insurance companies pay for treatment of medical conditions, and therefore they may pay part or all of the cost of counseling.
Because there is no medical condition, coaching is private pay.