Coaching and Therapy

The goal of both therapy and coaching is to help an individual address behavior patterns, beliefs and coping mechanisms.  Often called “unpacking”, both therapists and coaches listen to a client’s life events and support them as they grow.  The client will be presented with possible changes for optimum inner health, affirmation for what’s working well and given guidance for choices moving forward. 

Therapy is generally a long-term process where a client works with a therapist to diagnose, assess and treat mental health issues. Psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychology and counseling are types of therapy. They may also include specialist modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR. In clinical therapy, medication or a course of treatment may also be prescribed.

Coaching is a peer-to-peer relationship. Coaches do not diagnose or assess mental illness, nor do they prescribe medication. They do not use a clinical angle in supporting a client. Instead coaches walk alongside their clients whilst fully acknowledging how the clients’ traumatic past manifests in the present. Coaches provide education around trauma and how it shows up in their clients’ lives. They discuss options that serve their clients and look at areas of potential growth. They set recovery goals and walk with their clients in achieving those goals.

In general:

  • Coaches do not treat, nor diagnose mental health illnesses. It is not uncommon for clients to be involved in both coaching and psychotherapy at the same time if warranted. Consultation is very possible and encouraged. 
  • Coaching tends to be more collaborative, working with clients as peers. Often goal setting is client directed. 
  • Coaches do not operate from a traditional medical model. 
  • Coaches may assign homework or have contact outside of the scheduled appointment. 


When you change your thoughts, remember to also change your world.—Norman Vincent Peale