NHC Article: Eight Differences Between Psycho Therapy And Life Coaching
Eight Differences Between Psychotherapy And Life Coaching
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People have often asked me what the difference between Life Coaching and Psychotherapy is. Psychotherapy (sometimes just 'therapy' or 'counselling') refers to rehabilitation, treatment, healing, and so on. Coaching refers to teaching, guiding, helping, and/or supporting individuals to use their gifts more fully or to reach their potential faster, sooner, and/or in a better way.
There are a number of significant differences between these two helping professions. For the purpose of this short overview, I will limit my list to eight key distinctions.
1. Coaching Focuses on the Future, While Therapy
Deals with the Past
2. Their Main Intentions
The main purpose of psycho therapy is a greater self-awareness, which might lead to deep and sometimes intense emotional experiences that demand skillful guidance from a well-trained and experienced therapist.
Coaching and Therapy often Geared to a Different Set of Clientele
4. Coaching Is More "Doing" Oriented, While Therapy is More "Being" Oriented
8. The Sessions Themselves
After reading this brief overview about some differences between these two helping professions, you might ask yourself: "Who do I hire if and when I am ready to live a happier, better balanced and more fulfilled life?" A short answer to this question is: "It depends!" And what does it depend on?
I believe that it does not depend as much on who you are, or what kind of personality you have, as it depends on your circumstances and your priorities at the time in your life that you are looking for some professional help.
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