This section will help you navigate the world of coaching with a lot more confidence. You will learn what is coaching, its benefits, and how it is different from therapy or counseling.
There is a lot of confusion around the term 'coaching', partially because it is used in other fields, like sports coaching, but also because of vague professional requirements to practitioners who offer their services. This article defines important criteria to help you navigate the world of coaching with a lot more confidence.
The 5 Benefits
Coaching is a powerful tool that helps people maximize their potential and live their lives to the fullest. More specifically, in my practice as a coach and as a client myself, I have witnessed these 5 main benefits of coaching interactions:
Effectively Navigate Life and Career Changes
Find More Joy, Motivation, and Meaning in Life
Improve Quality of Relationships
Speed up Your Career Growth and Development
Define and Effectively Reach Objectives
Having a background in Gestalt therapy and psychological counseling, I had a hard choice after moving to the United States: to pursue the known route and seek recertification as a counselor or therapist, or try something new. My formal training in Co-Active Coaching approach and Somatic Thinking Coaching technique made me a deep believer in the transformative power of coaching due to the following 6 reasons:
1. Tangible results
2. Fast results
4. Building critical life skills
5. Building True Partnership
6. May Be Cheaper Than Therapy
How Is Coaching Different From Therapy or Counseling?
I get this question so often that I decided to devote a separate section to this topic on my website. I am making an attempt to show the differences from client’s perspective - what he/she could expect from each practitioner, rather than education or licensure requirements. An important note is that by counseling I do not mean psychological counselors or psychologists, rather school, marriage, or other types of counselors, etc.