The 4 key differences between Coaching and Psychology

Since I started Coaching, the most frequent question that people asked me is “what is the difference between a coach and a psychologist”?



The 4 key differences between Coaching and Psychology

1. Clients

  • The Psychologist and the therapist support clients with past traumas and issues which have triggered self-destructive habits in the present. The psychiatrist is the only one in this article who can provide medicines and he usually deals with deep-rooted problems.

  • Coaches partner healthy clients who want to reach a goal. Certified coaches are taught that it is inappropriate for them to attempt to help anyone with mental health problems and they are advised to refer such clients to psychologists or therapists.


2. Time frame

  • The Psychologist and the therapist support are usually in person, not time limited and it can last lifelong.

  • Coaching can be a mix between in person and virtual set in a time limited journey


3. Training

  • The Psychologist and the therapist follow a long training to be able to diagnose pathology and illness. After passing their exam and achieving supervised hours of practice they are licensed.

  • The coach follows a specific short training and needs to demonstrate a minimum of coaching hours in order to be accredited. The coaching industry is self-regulated


4. Method

  • Psychiatrists and psychologists focus on the past and on the unconscious mind, trying to identify past traumas and issues which have triggered self-destructive habits in the present. Their objective is to repair your present state.

  • Coaches works in the conscious mind. They assist their clients in clarifying their present values and beliefs, intentions, needs, abilities, strategies, goals and purposes to move forward toward the achievements of their goals. Clients are asked to find their own solutions and to be accountable for the implementation of their action plan.

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