Therapy deals with healing pain and dysfunction stemming from past experiences that impact an individual’s emotional and psychological functioning. Mentoring involves an expert providing knowledge and guidance through advising and counseling. Consulting, another service, is the diagnosis of a problem from an expert, who often suggests and implements solutions.

Coaching, however, is focused on creating goals, generating objectives and outcomes that foster awareness and support personal growth. Coaching focuses on the present and future, rather than ruminating over past events, and creating strategies for goal achievement. It is about tapping into your autonomy and intrinsic motivation to learn, develop, and grow. Thus, coaching does not advise, prescribe, dictate, or control.

How is coaching different from therapy or other service professions?