Coaching is a process of asking powerful questions, reframing beliefs and narratives, imagining new possibilities, and committing to a plan of action. The International Coaching Federation's definition of coaching is "partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential." (ICF)
Coaching is about drawing out a person's inner wisdom, not about giving advice or trying to solve someone's problems. The coaching relationship empowers the client (or "coachee") to honor their deepest values and reach beyond what they thought was possible.
Of course, rather than just reading these descriptions of coaching, I encourage you to experience it for yourself!
Coaching and therapy have a lot in common, but they differ in terms of practitioner training, licensure, and focus. Coaches may have a professional certification, or may not. Therapists must have a Master degree and state-specific counseling license. Coaching tends to be present- and future-focused, whereas therapy often looks at the past, especially childhood. Therapy can help address trauma and serious mental health challenges, whereas coaching typically does not, but again, there are now more trauma-trained coaches out there.
Depending on the practitioner, coaching and therapy can feel very similar, especially as more and more therapists use coaching skills and more and more coaches learn about therapeutic approaches. In my experience, it's less about the person's resume, and more about the connection with the person, since the coaching / therapeutic relationship is what helps to create transformation in a person's life.
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