Psychotherapy vs. Coaching

It is often challenging to define the differences between psychotherapy and coaching. For many people it is a matter of personal preference. Traditionally, psychotherapy is more focused on a person’s past in order to help their present life. Coaching is more focused on a person’s future in order to help their present life. While licensing boards across the country like to argue which is better (or more well trained) most people in the general public really don’t care.

Personally, I have always found my style and approach tends to be a mix of each. I do not tend to focus on the deep recesses of your psychological past. I look at the past for information about significant events, how they many have affected you, as well as what worked or didn’t work to fix the problems. I am more focused on helping you in the present in order to give you a better future.

If you would like a longer explanation to define the two, I offer this article from Psychology Today about the differences between therapy and coaching. I found his approach quite refreshing. I hope you enjoy it.

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