The difference between coaching and therapy


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Coaching | The difference between coaching, therapy, consulting, mentoring and training

As a coach it’s critical that you know the difference between the variety of helping professions and that you can explain them to your client so that they are also clear. You also need to know the difference so that you ensure you stay within in boundaries of coaching and don’t over step into an area you are not trained to provide help in.

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Hello and welcome to this episode of the Of course You Did podcast. I’m excited to talk about today’s topic. I often forget that other people don’t know it well, and it’s actually a really important topic, especially for coaches. We spend quite a lot of time learning about. in the created coach method and the students do assignments, et cetera, to help them integrate the differences between all of these helping professions.

It’s really, really important for you to be able to explore and practice how to clearly articulate the difference between each of these helping professions to yourself and to your clients, because often, Your clients will see coaching as an easy way out by asking for direct advice, maybe challenging the coach in their role as a thought partner, and if they just don’t understand what coaching is, how it’s different from the other helping professions and what the boundaries of coaching are, then you may come up on some situations where, um, that might be.

Sticky where you have to kind of push back on the client and say, This isn’t something that we can address here. You may have to actually be prepared to you. You definitely should be prepared at least to help your client seek support, additional support if they actually need it, if they, if you come up on something that you are.

Legally allowed to help them with. And this is all to support both you and your client. It’s to support you so that you don’t get yourself in a situation where legal action could be taken against you. And more so it’s to help your client so that they are always getting their support that they need, their specific support that they need that’s right for them in their situation.

So it’s really important that, you know, the. Between all of these helping professions and that you can explain it to your clients. I teach and suggest that my students and clients actually put this in their contract and have a conversation with their clients before you even start working together on the difference between these things and where the boundaries of coaching lie.

So the first one that we’re going to cover is therapy. So therapy deals with healing, pain, dysfunction, and conflict in a person or in relationships. The focus is more so on resolving difficulties that have come up from the past that are impacting that person’s emotional functioning in the present moment, in their day to day life.

The aim is to improve their overall psychological functioning and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways. So coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth that is based on self-initiated change with the. With a specific goal or a specific outcome in mind. So with coaching, you’re focusing on attaining a specific goal.

You have an end point, an end result, an outcome that you want to achieve or that your client wants to achieve, and you work towards that. With therapy, it’s more so about dealing with issues from the past that the person is still having impacts of in the present moment and working through the past.

Going through past trauma. Therapists are trained mental health professionals who are in a regulat. Field, they require licensure, whereas life coaches and coaches, they don’t have any mental health training and are not at all equipped to treat mental health conditions or diagnose mental health conditions.

Coaching is future focused. With coaching, we’re really focusing on, like I said, the goal, the outcome, and what we need to shift or work on, or a limiting belief that’s going to help the client get towards their goal. We’re not. Processing anything from the past, we’re not processing past trauma. The main focus is on creating strategies that will help your client achieve specific goals in their personal life or in their work life.

The emphasis is on action, accountability, and follow. consulting individuals or even organizations can retain consultants for their expertise. What happens most often with a consultant in consulting is the consultant, Oh my gosh, I’m gonna say that so many times is going to diagnose problems and.

Prescribe and even sometimes implement solutions. So they’re gonna say, Okay, yep, I see this, this is the problem. Here’s what you need to do to fix it, and I am going to do this to fix it, or I’m gonna help you fix it. But with coaching, it’s really about understanding and assuming that the the person or even the people are capable of finding their own solutions and the coach’s role.

is to provide support and frameworks for the client or clients being able to discover their own inner resources to come up with solutions themselves, to take accountability, to implement solutions their themselves. So with consulting and a lot of coaching is actually. Consulting and even for me, I do a mix of consulting, mentoring, and coaching.

Some people do just coaching, and it’s important that you know this. It’s okay if you do a mix. It’s also important that you are clear to your clients when, okay. I have my coaching hat on now, and I even say this sometimes. Sometimes I’ll even say this to my client, Okay, we’re gonna do some coaching right now and we’re gonna coach through this.

Or sometimes I say, Okay, we’re gonna do some consulting on this. I’m just super clear with my client what we’re doing at any one point, especially because my clients are also coaches, so I want them to know, okay, we’re this is a coaching thing and this is a, a mentoring thing or a consulting thing. So like I was saying, Consulting.

Someone will come in and say, Okay, here’s the problem. Here’s how you fix it. Sometimes they will do the fixing for the person, or sometimes they will help them implement the solutions. With coaching, we understand that our clients are whole, complete, and resourceful. They can generate their own solutions and we keep them accountable.

We help even keep themselves accountable. I don’t know if that sentence makes sense to actually take action and get the results. Mentoring. Okay. A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on their own experience. So mentoring might include advising, consulting, and coaching. The coaching process, however, doesn’t include any advising or counseling, so it focuses on supporting the person in reaching their own.

Like I said, with consulting, it is supporting the client to find their own inner resources to believe that they have the ability to generate their own solutions. There’s no advice giving in coaching. This is something that I notice my students doing a lot and something that I have to, um, uh, correct here, for lack of a better term, but I do correct it and point it out if I notice my.

Giving advice. So when the students are going through the Creative Coach method as part of their graduation, they need to submit videos of themselves, coaching people, using the techniques, et cetera. So this is something that I see happening a lot. And even on our live calls when we do coaching labs, the students coach each other.

And I give feedback, and this is something I notice a lot too, and I, I’m really, really strict for lack of a better term on pointing this out because like I’ve said so many times, it’s so important for coaches to know the difference and know when they are stepping outside the boundaries of coaching. So no advice giving in coaching.

And finally we have training. Training programs are based on the goals or objectives that are set out by the person doing the training. The training or the instructor. So for me, for example, The Creative Coach Method is a training program, and I have set the objectives and the lessons and the plans on what we’re going to cover, what I’m going to teach, what is required as competencies by the students, like what they need to be competent in, in order to graduate.

With training, there is also a clear learning path that follows along with the established curriculum. So coaching is less linear and usually doesn’t. Most often doesn’t have a set curriculum cuz in each coaching session the the client is going to bring to you what they need coaching on in that moment.

And you might have an idea of, okay, this week, in order for my client to get to their point B, we need to coach on this in week one, this in week two, this in week three. Most often what’s gonna happen? Stuff is gonna come up for each different client, and you’re gonna need to coach on each of those different things.

So a lot of what you are going to be doing in your coaching, especially if you have a, a set process, which I encourage every coach to have, you. Are still going to need to be prepared to coach on whatever is gonna come up for your client in that moment, which sometimes might extend the length of the coaching because whatever the client comes to you that they need coaching on in that moment is what you need to coach on.

The client sets the agenda. All right. That is it. That was a really. Breakdown of each one, but as I’ve said many, many times, it’s so important that coaches know the difference between all of these. They know what they’re using in their sessions with their clients, and that you’re able to explain these differences.

To your clients. Like I said, right at the beginning of this episode, I encourage my students to have this conversation right at the beginning of the coaching engagement and even you can put something in your contract. I, in the Credit Coach method, teach my students how to create contracts, create session plans.

Put this kind of stuff in the contract because it’s really, really important. Okay, that’s it for today’s episode, and I will catch you in the next one.

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