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 COACHING VERSUS THERAPY:

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?

June 23, 2010
by Taylore Calswe

People often confuse coaching with therapy. They are distinctly different.

In the simplest of analogies, a therapist wants you to sit on the couch — a coach wants you to get off the couch!

Coaching is action oriented, with a focus on the client’s current life in present time, and moving forward into the future. Therapy, on the other hand, begins with the client’s current life, but moves backwards into the past to heal old emotional wounds or treat mental health issues. Coaching does not focus on the “why”, but on the “what now?”  It shifts problems into goals.

In therapy, clients often talk about the changes they would like to make, but the “how to” and resources are often missing. Alternatively, coaching provides the tools and resources to help goal oriented people — those who prefer to take responsibility for their processes and outcomes — achieve their goals. Coaches DO NOT treat clinical disorders such as anxiety, depression, addiction and phobias. Coaches work with people who simply need outside guidance and motivation to keep moving forward at a steady pace.

If you need help designing your new life around diabetes, whether as the diabetic patient or the diabetic caretaker, then a coach might be just what you have been looking for.  With a coach you will have a guide who anticipates the obstacles on the path to better health, and a navigator to help you steer around them.  You will have a partner to remind you of your greatness when you get stuck, to give you the tools to get unstuck, to challenge you to take action in spite of your fears, and someone who is ready and anxious to celebrate your successes every step of the way!