What is the difference between coaching, consulting, and therapy?

It's difficult to answer this question because there are many coaching, consulting, and therapeutic modalities. Here is a short and partial answer:

Consulting consists of bringing expert answers to the client, whereas coaching is about supporting the client in their development, so that they can draw on their new resources well after the coaching relationship has ended. The purpose of therapy is often about healing from a trauma, a mental illness or an addiction, with a focus on analyzing past events to better understand and accept the present, whereas coaching is about personal development and building new competencies in the present with the intention on becoming more integrated, balanced, and whole in the future.

In general, Integral Coaching is suitable to address all kinds of issues, at the exception of:

  • Serious trauma

  • Mental illnesses

  • Addiction issues

For these concerns, therapy is the best type of support to seek out. Once these issues have been stabilized in therapy, coaching can be the ideal next step to work on other topics, such as dating and relationships!

How do I choose a competent coach?

  • Follow your intuition.

  • Only consider coaches who have completed a training accredited by the International Coach Federation and who maintain the ethics and standards of behavior set by the International Coach Federation (www.coachfederation.org/ethics.)

  • Choose a coach who has received professional coaching and knows what it is like to be coached.

  • Make sure your prospective coach is experienced and specialized in the topic you would like to work on.

  • Interview your coach before making any commitment. Most coaches offer a free consultation that will allow you to get a sense of what it is like to be in a conversation with them.

  • Get a referral from an acquaintance, friend, or family member. If not available, ask your prospective coach to talk to a former client.

  • Follow your intuition.