Having experience both as a coach and as a counseling psychologist, I can tell you that both roles can have an exceptional impact on one’s life. The main difference between therapists and coaches is in why the client comes to the relationship.
As a psychologist, clients come to me because they’re experiencing psychological pain that impairs their overall functioning in daily life.
For instance, they may be dealing with depression, anxiety, or wanting to heal from trauma. In a therapy relationship you would be given a clinical diagnosis. We would focus on past causes of your issues and the ways you’ve chosen to deal with them so you could heal and grow over time.
As a coach, clients are functioning pretty well and come to me because they have goals related to family relationships, personal or spiritual growth.
We focus on your potential, untapped success, and how to maximize fulfillment and satisfaction in your life (aka we make your life more awesome) with an accelerated, action-oriented approach. While we may touch on the past, we won’t ‘hang out’ there.
The bottom line is it’s not rare for heal-worthy things to come up; we can discern together if those issues can be worked through in coaching, or need to be healed in a therapy relationship alongside or prior to our work on your coaching goals.