I am often asked, “What is the difference between coaching and therapy?” To put it simply, coaching is focused on the now and the future and is client driven, whereas therapy may focus more on the past and present and is therapist led. Therapy also addresses deep emotional concerns, coaching does not. Although emotionally related topics will arise in coaching, the sessions are not spent solely addressing those emotional needs. Coaching tends to work more objectively and is goal oriented.
Coaching and therapy go very well together. Often clients have a hard time reaching their personal and professional goals because they have unaddressed emotional wounds. If you are able to work with a therapist and coach on those issues, you may receive two different ways of learning yourself from two different perspectives.