Coaching vs Psychotherapy


As I mentioned on my home page, coaching is not psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, (as well as psychiatry), focuses on things that are not working normally with a person’s thoughts, emotions, or behavior. The objective is to return the patient to normal functioning.

Coaching, on the other hand, serves to move an already normal/successful person toward higher functioning and a more fulfilling life personally and/or professionally.

While the coaching client is seen as healthy, the psychotherapy patient is seen as having a dysfunction.

While psychotherapy is usually conducted face to face, coaching is usually conducted over the phone.

As a coach, if I suspect that a client may be suffering from psychological or psychiatric issues, I will refer them to the appropriate professional.