I really want to start getting into the coaching field and get my certification. I am very intuitive and have a true knack for consulting, dealing with people and feelings, problem solving and solution-finding, etc. But my only qualm is that I dont want people to think ‘ oh, she just didnt want to go thru all the extra schooling to be a therapist ‘ or think that it is not a credible or legitimate practice or something. What do you think of people who are coaches as a career, life or personal coaches, etc.? what do you think of coaching versus therapy? pros, cons? would you rather see a coach or a therapist? would you hire a coach? what do you think the underlying values of a coach are versus a therapists? Its kind of true that I dont want to spend the next 4 yrs in school to become a liscenced therapist, which is what lead me to the coaching field. but I dont want to regret it later. if there are any therapists out there, do u like ur career? does it take a toll on you?
I too am an aspiring coach. And from the research I’ve done I would say the difference between coaching and therapy are basically the future v the past.
Coaching really deals with the future – goal setting and helping somone follow a plan to reach those goals.
Therapy isn’t so much about goal setting but problem solving. As a therapist you may help someone achieve a goal. But you may also just help them deal with their traumtic childhood memories that keep them from having a good relationship with their spouse.
There is a lot of crossover, but as a coach you will not discuss a person past for anymore information than what will help you to help them be more motivated.
A therapist also offers a lot of advice. Whereas a coach really offers only encouragement to the client believing that the clint does know what they need to do but just needs a push to get it done.