Coaching is a form of consulting: But the coach helps the client to find his or her own best answers rather than handing answers to the client. And the coach partners with the client over time to continue to resolve issues and also to hold the client accountable for the commitments he or she makes.
Coaching is different from counseling: Coaching is not focused on how the client arrived where they are, but rather focuses on where they want to be. Coaching is a wonderful tool in helping a person achieve their goals quickly and more easily. Creating a positive, more fulfilling, self directed future. It is important to note however, that there are some similarities between coaching and counseling. The process works similarly one on one over a period of time. Both professions require advanced questioning, listening and communication skills.
Coaching is different from therapy: Coaching is suited for clients who are looking to work through circumstances that may be causing them to feel imbalanced, disempowered or unsure of what to do next. Some people hire a coach to get them back on track with clarity, confidence and a deeper sense of self and meaning. Others have very specific goals that they need to obtain and a coach can help keep them motivated and act as a sounding board for ideas and inspiration.
Therapy is a very useful tool for people who may have a deeper need for healing wounds of the past. People who may be managing severe depression, anxiety, neurosis or addictions, along with any other mental illnesses. Therapists are trained very differently from coaches and deal with medical and behavioral issues and are trained to diagnose conditions. If you feel that you would be better served by therapy we would never recommend coaching in its stead. At times it can be helpful as an accompaniment.