Coaching With Me, Coaching and Therapy Differences, and the Differences Between a Coach and Therapist

Coaching with Me

The longest relationship you will have is with yourself. And I want it to be magnicifant! Coaching may be a process you use to discover your endless possibilities as a Gorgeous Being.

In your one-on-one coaching sessions, we look at where you are in relationship to yourself and your body, and where you want to be. We also explore other areas of your life you want to focus on (ex: work, relationships, play, etc.) As your Coach, I provide the compassionate space where you can feel courageous enough to name your feelings, thoughts and beliefs about yourself, your body, or anything else. Then guide you in creating your vision of your future self and life with new feelings, thoughts and beliefs.

Often, many of our present-day beliefs and behaviors formed in childhood. Whenever I believe old wounds are contributing to present-day concerns, I will suggest you work with a therapist to address them.

Could you meet your Gorgeous self? Yes! I hope you do. Because she is already there.

Coaching and Therapy Differences

  • Coaching
  • Focuses on the Present and Future
  • Assist client in achieving goals in any aspect of life
  • Encourages immediate Action.
  • Sounding board when exploring choices.
  • Seeks to Empower. Led to self-discovery.
  • Coach and client are Partners in the Coaching Relationship. Co-collaborators.
  • There’s no diagnosis. Client doesn’t have to share if they are in therapy or on psychotropic medications.
  • Therapy
  • Tends to focus on Present and Past issues
  • Explore underlying causes of symptoms or behaviors. Addresses trauma.
  • Explores issues like Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use, OCD, Disordered Eating, and self-harm.
  • Guides towards healing.
  • Seek to remove pain.
  • Therapist leads client. Therapist can be an “expert”.
  • To use insurance, client must receive a mental health diagnosis.

Some More Coaching and Therapy Differences

Coaching helps people achieve personal, relationship, and professional goals. It is for clients whose basic needs are met and ready to work with an equal to achieve their goals. A coach helps you discover and utilize practical strategies to meet your goals. Coaches don’t give a mental health diagnose or treat emotional and mental health issues. As your coach, I help you become aware of any blocks you might have that prevent you from reaching your goals. With the blocks removed, you can make lasting change and move forward with confidence in reaching your goals.

Therapy addresses emotional and mental health concerns. In therapy or counseling, Therapy goals focus on reducing the frequency, intensity, and severity of symptoms with a diagnosis. It can also focus on healing trauma and old emotional wounds. If you want to address deep emotional pain, trauma, and/or dysfunctional patterns of behavior, you will want to work with a therapist. While I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I can only conduct therapy with clients in the states of Iowa and Florida. Click here if you are interested in discussing therapeutic services with me. Also, I cannot be one role for a client and then change to another role.

Differences Between Coaches and Therapists

To become a licensed therapist most often requires one to graduate from a masters level program with several hundred hours of supervised practice, two additional years of leading sessions while receiving supervision, passing a national exam, and ongoing continuing education. There is a state licensing board and ethical standards to adhere to. Sessions and client information is protected by HIPAA, which lists clients rights.

Anyone can call themselves a coach.  While there are certification programs, there are no legal or educational requirements, regulations or governing bodies.

How I Determine If Coaching or Therapy is Appropriate

If your past is greatly affecting your present and limiting your future, therapy is more appropriate in helping you address old wounds and beliefs. If we begin a coaching relationship, I will continuously assess if therapy is most beneficial for you. Should I determine therapy is needed, I will provide you with some referrals. Then you may choose to return to coaching after completing therapy.