What is the difference between Coaching, Consulting and Therapy?
Consultants show you how to do something
Therapists help answer the "Why do I" questions
Coaches focus on the PRESENT
The fact is that many of the differences between modern therapy and personal coaching are not as big as we might like them to appear. Both professionals can be working with fully functioning adults who are working through a difficult situation. Both disciplines focus on helping people make changes and accomplish goals that really matter to them. They are different ways of working; each with its own special value.
Psychotherapy generally deals with people with emotional/behavioral problems and disruptive situations - and seeks to bring the client to "normal" function by focusing on dysfunction with the primary focus on healing. Coaching, on the other hand, deals with functional people who want to move toward higher function - and achieve excellence while creating an extraordinary life. The primary focus is on evolving and manifestation of potential. And healing is often a side effect.
Coaches will use an exploratory approach to help you uncover what it is that you want, what it is that is blocking you, as well as how you are going about achieving your goals. To help you find your purpose or path in life, as well as your ideal career, coaches may use personality assessments to help you uncover your personality traits, strengths, and alignments.
Offering new perspectives and different ways of looking at a situation — to reinterpret the current situation in a new way — allows you to make dramatic discoveries in where and why you feel stuck. By exploring how you got “stuck” and what is behind your frustration, coaches help you to first identify the deeper causes beneath your situation. By guiding you with new approaches and powerful exercises, coaches are able to offer new tools and techniques to help you achieve your goals and find solutions.
The list of things coaches can help you with is pretty much endless. Since there are so many aspects of life, any area can be worked on. It is up to you to decide what you most need help with, or you can find out exactly what it is that has been bothering you, together with the help of a good coach.
Coaching is about moving you forward, from where you are in your life to where you want to be!
Therapy is for you to understand and come to terms with your past, and for support to contain &/or move out of a crisis situation.
Consulting is guidance from someone, usually in the same specialty, who can advise, encourage, and support you in your day to day work.