Coaching vs. Therapy Confusion
Having been a therapist and a coach, I admit that the difference between the two is not always clear-cut. Many therapists are coach-like in their orientation and the two disciplines do share some common ground. Both can work with high functioning individuals who are facing difficult situations, and both professions focus on helping people make changes and accomplish goals that really matter to them.
Although I spent many years in psychoanalysis myself, when I was a practicing clinician I was drawn more toward behavioral forms of therapy. I often say, I’m not a ‘shrink’…I’m an ‘expander’. For me the joy of my work comes when people change the way they think and act. I am direct and practical. I love to see results, and to get there quickly. Therefore coaching is a natural fit for me and the way I like to work.
But the question still remains, how would a person know if he or she should pursue coaching or therapy? To help distinguish the two, I thought I’d share some real-life examples of clients I’ve coached.
Many of the doctors with whom I work want to learn to communicate more objectively. Other common categories of coaching topics are training and developing employees, promoting trust and collaboration within the team, and developing a culture of feedback in the practice. In the process of working on these goals we do talk about emotions. In fact, I have coached dentists who have had rather volatile tempers. One was referred to me after throwing instruments. I want to help you to raise your work satisfaction and your bottom line. Give me a call and we’ll have a brief, complimentary discussion about whether coaching would help you to do the same.
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