Therapy vs.

coaching

There are lots of choices on how to get "unstuck" and to help you realize your fullest potential, but how do you know which type of service is best for you?

  • Both psychotherapy and coaching use knowledge of human behavior, motivation and behavioral change, and interactive techniques. The major differences are in the goals, focus, and level of professional responsibility.

  • Psychotherapy explores where you are now in relation to current and past experiences and helps you work on resolving and healing from old stuff so you can get on with the business of being your best damn you® in the present and future.

  • Coaching or transformation mentoring focus on where you are now and where you want to be, assuming you are well-equipped with everything you need to become your best damn you®.

 

  • In coaching or transformational mentoring, the work is typically very goal oriented and will have specific, measurable markers to indicate progress.  Therapy may also be goal oriented, but the objectives will be more focused on developing deeper insights.

 

  • Psychotherapy is often a longer term and deeper relationship - an ongoing dialogue, whereas coaching or transformation mentoring is typically shorter term and more goal oriented.

 

  • If you have an emotional or mental health challenge (like anxiety, depression, OCD, or post-traumatic stress disorder) a psychotherapist will be able to help you in ways that a coach or transformation mentor simply can't. However, psychotherapists are also trained to help with the same issues as coaches; it isn't necessary to have a mental health problem to talk with a licensed therapist, but if you do have a mental health issue, a coach cannot help you with that.​

 

  • If you don't have emotional or mental health challenges, but do have challenges overcoming obstacles, improving relationships, navigating challenging transitions (divorce, re-careering, dating),  increasing life-satisfaction, or excelling at a sport or vocation, a coach or transformation mentor may be perfect for your needs.

 

  • Therapists are required to have advanced degrees, thousands of hours of closely supervised work, pass intense licensure exams, maintain dozens of annual continuing education hours, and be licensed to practice in whichever state(s) their clients reside.  While there are many great coaches out there, coaching is an unregulated field with no licensure or oversight regulations.

 

  • You can verify a therapist's license with your state's licensing board. You can also talk with any potential therapist to inquire about their educational background, issues they work with, and special training or certifications they may have. Because the field of coaching is unregulated, it is not a profession with a minimum acceptable standard of ongoing education or training for its members.

If you're lucky, you'll find a great coach or transformation mentor who also happens to be a licensed mental health professional.... and that's when you'll know you're on your way to becoming your best damn you!

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In Phoenix, I practice as a therapist at Empowerment Treatment & Counseling.  Our office is conveniently located just south of the 101 freeway, on the NW corner of 59th Avenue and Union Hills.  The suite is upstairs, on the western end of the building, with a birds-eye view of Rita's & Shine Dentistry.

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