While it is important to recognise that coaches and therapists have different training, they will both support you in gaining further insight into a specific area of your life.
What is Coaching and what to expect?
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”.
Working with a coach supports you in setting clear goals, overcoming limiting beliefs and bringing more clarity to their life. The focus of the work is usually on the future and on fulfilling one’s potential.
Coaching is usually a short-term intervention that is connected to tangible outcomes. You may choose to work with a coach if you feel OK for the most part, but are perhaps feeling stuck, that your life is at a crossroads or you may feel unfulfilled, unhappy or confused at a specific time in life. Alternatively, you may be navigating work pressures or conflict in your personal or professional relationships.
Coaching focuses on the future, exploring how your current actions and thought processes may impact your future goals. Coaching helps you unlock your potential in both a personal and professional capacity. Generally speaking, coaching is ideal for people who feel mostly balanced and positive and wish to bring about change in their life.
What is Therapy and what to expect?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) defines counselling/therapy as “umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change and/or enhance their wellbeing”.
During therapy work the focus is mostly placed on the past. Therapy is often used to better understand the roots of behavioural and thinking patterns which may be impacting our present in a negative way so we can improve our future. Therapy can be open ended and doesn’t have to have a clear objective as it addresses the unconscious mind.
Therapists are trained to support people on a wide range of emotional challenges such as anxiety, depression and bereavement. The work you do with a therapist can be short term on specific problems or longer term to foster a deeper sense of self-awareness and understanding.
Working with a therapist is useful if you are struggling to come to terms or deal with difficult emotions or addictions. You may be struggling to cope with everyday life situations, or want to bring positive change in your behaviour and/or thought patterns, as well as overcome problems.
The aim of therapy is to improve your overall wellbeing and mental health. It can be used to address and cope with trauma, compulsions, negative emotions, as well as to improve relationships and social skills.