Therapy: A therapist will help a client to explore their past with a view to healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways. Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes, linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is future focused. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating action plans for achieving specific end goals in your business and in your life. The emphases in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow through.
Mentoring: A mentor is an expert who provides advice, wisdom and guidance based on their own experience in the same (or similar) area. Coaching does not include advising, instead it focuses on individuals or groups setting and reaching their own objectives.
Consulting: Consultants are instructed for their expertise in a particular area to diagnose problems and prescribe and, sometimes, implement solutions in your business, or an area of it (i.e. a HR Consultant or Business Consultant). With coaching, the assumption is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the Coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
If you commence a series of coaching sessions and it is deemed that coaching is not the correct support mechanism for you at this moment in time, this will be discussed with you directly to find a suitable solution to support your onward journey.