What Is coaching?
Professional coaching is an interactive process that helps individuals and organizations improve their performances and achieve extraordinary results. As a result of professional coaching, clients set better goals, take more action, make better decisions, and more fully use their natural strengths.
Different Types of Coaching
Professional coaches work with clients in all areas including business, change initiatives, career development and transition, personal and business finances, health, and family and organizational relationships. Some coaches focus on specific ares such as business marketing and development, coaching in the writing process, or dealing with cross generational issues including choosing a nursing home for elderly parents among many others areas.
Basic Assumptions about Coaching
Coaches approach their work with the basic assumption that the client is creative, resourceful, and whole. That is, with the help of a coach, the individual has the needed capacity and skill to create a desired future (resourceful), can with the support of a coach figure out what will work best for themselves (creaative) and does not need to fix something that is broken either in their past or personality (whole).
Difference Between Therapy and Coaching
Counseling and therapy focus on resolving past issues that affect how you function today. Coaching focuses on moving forward from today into the future. While past experiences can have a tremendous effect on your current well-being, they are not the focus of coaching. Instead, in coaching you focus on the actions you can take to reach your current and future goals.
Your coach may recommend counseling or therapy if they see an area or issue that seems to be preventing you from moving forward. While some coaches are licensed counselors or therapists, not all are, so it would not be appropriate for them to explore those areas with you.