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How is Coaching Different from Consulting and Therapy?

Often the question arises what the difference between coaching and consulting and therapy is.
This article will help you decide which direction is best for you.

Consulting and Coaching differ greatly.

Consulting requires that the consultant have expertise in the area that the client seeks advice, whereas

Coaches do not advise their clients at all. Coaches do not need to have specific knowledge or experience in the topic area that the client wishes to improve.

The Coach instead offers expertise in the change, goal attainment, and accountability process, which is effective regardless of whether the client is seeking to lose weight, make changes in their business, learn a new skill, or stop a habit. In some cases, however, when a Coach offers a niche form of coaching (for example, health, fitness, business start-up, purpose, team building, etc.), the coach does have expertise and knowledge about their particular niche and does provide advise based on such knowledge.

Niche Coaching

The differentiation between niche coaching and consulting is that the consultant holds the power in the relationship, however in a niche coaching relationship, the partnership holds the power.

Coaching vs. Therapy vs. Consulting

Similarities between Success Coaching and Therapy:

• Both professions are based on an ongoing, confidential, one-to-one relationship between practitioner and client.

• Clients come to both services wanting change.

• Both professions assume that significant change will only occur over time.

• Within the both relationships, regular sessions are scheduled, during which conversations occur.

• Other similarities of practice exist.

Differences between Coaching and Therapy

The context of the relationship, condition of the client, and content of the sessions differ between the two professions as follows.

Coaches work with people who are:

• Eager to move to a higher level of functioning

• Seeking focus, strategy, and motivation

• Asking “How to?” questions

• Designing their future

• Learning new skills

• Seeking more balance in their lives

Therapists work with people who are:

• Seeking self-understanding

• Asking “Why?” questions

• Dealing with past issues, emotional pain or traumas

• Psychologically challenged in a quantifiable way

I Am I Can Life Coaching

As a Life Coach I guide my clients towards areas in their daily life they choose to enhance. If you are looking for direction or clarification on ways you can be your best, please contact me and we can have a FREE consultation to see if we fit to work together Lee Pryke