What's the Difference Between Coaching and Therapy?

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Coaching is a powerful technique.

Coaching helps people move toward their personal goals and ideas of success. It is a partnership between the coach and client where both work together to build understanding and develop solutions. The coach will often ask questions, encourage one-on-one or group discussion, and use thoughtful exercises and projects surrounding the theme the client wishes to pursue. 


Therapists often use coaching,

but coaches never use therapy. 


Coaching does not involve expert-level evaluation of a client or their situation. Coaching never involves diagnosis, in-depth analysis of individual or family dynamics, or treatment. If you think you need that type of help, consider a psychologist, therapist or licensed counselor. 


Coaching is not for everyone.


If you are in active crisis, then calling 911 or a hotline or finding a therapist is a good choice.

Coaching without oversight from a psychologist, therapist, or licensed counselor is not for people with PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression, or other mental health disorders.

Stress Response is not a therapy or referral service, but if you are looking for help, we can point you toward hotlines and other sources of assistance. 

Some therapists encourage additional coaching, such as the services we provide. If your therapist believes working with us would benefit you, we would be happy to discuss your options. 


Coaching can be a great choice.


Coaching is great for those who want to learn more about stress management and interpersonal skills. It's an awesome choice if you want to improve your job satisfaction and explore fitness and nutrition in your EMS lifestyle!