Coaching vs. Counseling: What is the difference?

Coaching Therapy
•Assumes the clients is highly-functional •Assumes the client needs healing
•Roots in business and personal growth venues •Roots in medicine, psychiatry
•Works to motivate people to a higher level of functioning •Works with people to achieve self-understanding and emotional healing
•Focuses on actions and the future; goal-orientation •Focuses on feelings and past events, past-orientation
•Focuses on solving problems •Explores the root of problems
•Works with the conscious mind •Works to bring the unconscious into consciousness
•Works for solutions to overcome barriers, learn new skills and implement effective choices •Works for internal resolution of pain and to let go of old patterns

Source: Hayden, C. J., and Whitworth, L. “Distinctions Between Coaching and Therapy.” International Association of Personal and Professional Coaches Newsletter, October 1995.