The Difference Between Coaching and Therapy
At MNParkerker Counseling and Consulting, we believe that anyone can benefit from working with a coach, and some people need therapy in addition to or instead of coaching. Coaching is a results-focused and goal-oriented process to help you create the life you want across areas like personal growth, financial well-being and personal development. For those who may be experiencing a clinical need like depression or anxiety, we will recommend working with a therapist in addition to, or instead of coaching.
You can maybe think about it as the difference between seeing an orthopedic surgeon and a physical therapist. If you have broken your leg, you should see a surgeon since they are uniquely qualified to support you. But if you’ve sprained your ankle, a physical therapist is a much better fit. Not only would seeing a surgeon be more intense than you need, but physical therapists are better trained to help you gain strength. In this metaphor, therapists serve as the surgeon and coaches serve as the physical therapist.
Benefits of Coaching
Coaching allows you to move from current thinking, behaviors, and performance to expanded thinking and enhanced performance.
Research suggests that coaching significantly improves feelings of self-efficacy and worth, allowing for increased self-confidence and ability to take on new tasks.
Participation in coaching is tied with enhanced mental health, quality of life, and goal attainment.
Coaching shows positive effects on performance/skills, well-being, coping, work attitudes, and goal-directed self-regulation.
- Professional Development
- Stress Management
- Self Advocacy