Coaching is Not Therapy, Counseling, Mentoring or Training.

I like to keep it simple so to me there are three kinds of coaching: Sports, Business and Life coaching. The difference between the latter two being work related or not work related. And that’s it.

Coaching is not therapy, counseling, mentoring or psychology. Although the coaching process may have roots in the field of psychology (and intervention often follows some psychological models), the actual process of coaching should not be mistaken for a therapeutic intervention. One of the most obvious differences between the two approaches is that therapy tends to focus on feelings and experiences related to past events. Whereas coaching is oriented towards goal setting and encourages the client to move forward.

In this month’s issue of the Worldwide Coaching Magazine we explore the differences between therapy, mentoring, counseling and training.

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