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Is Coaching the Same as Therapy?

You might wonder if coaching is like therapy.  Well it is similar, since it involves conversation and trust.  The difference is that the coaching process does not involve delving into your past or diagnosing your psychological condition. Coaching, is focused on taking a deep look at who you are, tapping into your hidden potential and finding out what would make your life work better for you. Coaching focuses on moving you forward.

Similar to what a therapist does, in each coaching session, I endeavor to listen for what is beneath my client’s words. This is so I can point her toward her own wisdom and enable her to find her own answers. Unlike a therapist, I rarely give my client advice, because it would not be nearly as effective or useful as the answers my client will come up with herself.

Intelligence vs Knowledge

Each one of us has direct access to an intelligence greater than us. When we tap into that source, it is like having a PC that is connected to the Internet versus one that only has a hard-drive.

The past belongs in the past. It is helpful in therapy, but not in the coaching relationship. The value of the past lies in the lessons we learn, not in the circumstances where we learned them. In fact, replaying painful memories over and over in our minds, keeps us stuck in those disturbing feelings and makes it very difficult to move on.

As a Coach, I truly care about my clients and want to help them to lead happier more fulfilling lives at work and at home.  This is accomplished through honest conversations. Simple, relaxed discussions that will help my clients to create the lives they want to live.

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