Therapy vs Coaching

Conventional Therapy

Tends toward…

  • Personal strengthening
  • Triage
  • Issue resolution
  • Why me?
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Traditional relationship
  • Unconscious>conscious level
  • Away from
  • Looks backward
  • Raising standards
  • Somewhat vulnerable
  • Cognitive/behavior
  • Letting go
  • Needs help
  • Pain
  • Past>present
  • Driven by unresolved issues
  • Feelings, discussion oriented
  • Nurturing, supportive
  • Asks why
  • Disruptive situations
  • Usually a measured pace
  • No personal disclosure
  • Patient/client
  • Medical model
  • Treatment
  • Healing
  • Presented complaints
  • Confidential

Personal Coaching

Tends toward…

  • Personal evolution
  • Visioning
  • Problem solving
  • What’s next?/what now?
  • Sustainable flow
  • Collaborative, equal partnership
  • Conscious>consciousness level
  • Toward
  • Focuses forward
  • Raising standards
  • Generally open, not vulnerable
  • Actively building
  • Life dynamics
  • Wants partner
  • Frustration
  • Present>future
  • Chooses goals and actions
  • More action oriented
  • Catalyzing, challenging
  • Asks what
  • Toleration’s
  • Often a rapid pace
  • Personal disclosure as useful
  • Client
  • Performance model
  • Co creation
  • Achievement
  • Common situations
  • Confidential

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