While coaching and psychotherapy share some similarities, professional coaching is distinguished by its focus on the life of the individual being coached and to the potentiality they envision.
- Psychotherapy is primarily directed at identifying emotional and psychological anomalies that result in dysfunction, as well as recovery from trauma. Coaching, on the other hand, is focused on achievement and goal fulfillment.
- Psychotherapy addresses dysfunction as well as emotional and behavioral problems, focusing on issues or past traumas that are causing disruption. Its goal is to promote functionality, while the ultimate aim of coaching is focused on achieving the client’s full potential.
- Psychotherapy is generally conducted in person, while Coaching can also be accomplished over the phone or via Skype.
In a traditional coaching model, the work is done with the guidance of a highly functional person to help the client move toward their own optimal functioning with the aim of reaching their most cherished goals.