What is coaching not?

Coaching is not therapy or counselling, which explore a client’s past. Coaching may look to your past to see what might be holding you back, but coaching focuses on the future and moving forward. Although some of the skills a Coach uses, such as listening and asking questions, are similar, coaching is more action oriented and concentrates on designing a strategy with you to get you moving forward.

Therapy or counselling may look at a psychological or mental condition, whereas coaching looks at you as a whole and at all areas of your life. A therapist will see their client as someone with problems and issues, but a coach will see their clients as healthy, strong and capable. With therapy there is the chance that the client may become dependent on the therapist or upon the therapy sessions, whereas coaching generates independence and autonomy by encouraging a client to work through problems themselves and find their own solutions.