What is Coaching?

Frequently Asked Questions


What Is Coaching?

“Put simply, coaching is a process that aims to improve performance and focuses on the ‘here and now’ rather than on the distant past or future. While there are many different models of coaching, here we are not considering the ‘coach as expert’ but, instead, the coach as a facilitator of learning.”

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A coach will work with you in a confidential, one-to-one basis to help you identify next steps that helps you build a better life. A coach can also help you identify priorities, values and even behaviours you might consider adapting to get a better result.


Is Coaching the Same as Therapy?

“Good question” as Donald Trump would say to the journalist who asks a question he can answer (so…not too often).

While coaching and therapy share some things in common, e.g. they are both confidential, based on providing a supportive service, they are different in many significant ways. One simple way of describing the difference is:

“Therapy is looking at the past to see what went wrong, and coaching is looking to the future to see what can go right”.

This above description might sound a little dismissive of therapy, however it is not intended to be. Therapy can help folk a great deal, including those who have sadly experienced a trauma, lost a loved one, or who have identified mental health issues.

Coaching can, however, help clients who are participating in therapy, or who have mental health issues. In the interest of the best possible outcome for the client, however, it is important to clearly state the difference between therapy and coaching, as coaches are not necessarily equipped with the type of counselling or therapeutic skills that are needed to help someone deal with, e.g. grief, or trauma.

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