How is coaching distinct from other service professions?

Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change. Sometimes it’s helpful to understand coaching by distinguishing it from other personal or organizational support professions.

  • Therapy: Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper anindividual’s emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways.

    Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. Coaching is future-focused, and the coaching relationship emphasizes action, accountability and follow-through.

  • Consulting: Individuals or organizations retain consultants for their expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, the assumption is the consultant will diagnose problems and prescribe and, sometimes, implement solutions.

    With coaching, the assumption is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.

  • Mentoring: A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on his or her own experience. Mentoring may include advising, counseling and coaching.

    The coaching process does not include advising or counseling, and focuses instead on individuals orgroups setting and reaching their own objectives.

  • Training: Training programs are based on objectives set out by the trainer or instructor. Though objectives are clarified in the coaching process, they are set by the individual or team being coached, with guidance provided by the coach. Training also assumes a linear learning path that coincides with an established curriculum. Coaching is less linear, without a set curriculum.

  • Athletic Development: Though sports metaphors are often used, professional coaching is different from sports coaching. The athletic coach is often seen as an expert who guides and directsthe behavior of individuals or teams based on his or her greater experience and knowledge.

    Professional coaches possess these qualities, but their experience and knowledge of the individual or team determines the direction. Additionally, professional coaching does not focus on behaviors that are being executed poorly or incorrectly. Instead, the focus is on identifying opportunity for development based on individual strengths and capabilities.

What kind of coaching do you offer?

We offer Face-to-face coaching, Team-Coaching, Behind-the-scenes Coaching, Live-Action-Coaching

What tools do you use and what happens if I don’t feel comfortable with a tool?

Yes, we use many different tools, depending on what we are working on. Don’t worry, you as the client will decide what tool you want to use. If you feel uncomfortable, we will swith to another tool.

Does health insurance pay for coaching?

No, unfortunately not.

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