Comparison Chart
Conventional Therapy v. Personal Coaching
copyright 2002 by CoachVille.com
v 1.0 updated 2/2/02 | pdf version here

Important Notice
We've created this comparison chart with the help of dozens of therapists on the CoachVille R&D Team who are also experienced coaches.  And, while not everyone will agree with every single word pair, it's our view that this chart does help to clarify the differences between coaching and therapy. That said,, the fact is that many of the differences between modern therapy and personal coaching aren't as big as we might like them to appear. Both professionals can be working with fully functioning adults who are working through a difficult situation.  Both disciplines focus on helping people make changes and accomplish goals that really matter to them.  They are different ways of working; each with its own special value.

Conventional Therapy
tends toward...

Personal Coaching
tends toward...

personal strengthening
triage
issue resolution
why me?/why this?
overcoming obstacles
traditional relationship
unconscious>conscious level
away from
looks backward
raising standards
somewhat vulnerable
cognitive/behavior patterns
letting go
needs help
pain
past > present
needs, wants
issue resolution
driven by unresolved issues
absorbs information
feelings, discussion oriented
self understanding
nurturing, supportive
asks why
disruptive situations
usually a measured pace
no personal disclosure
patient/client
medical model
treatment
healing
presented complaints
mostly monologue
progress
was then
professional 'arms length'
behavior norms
analysis/understanding
pathology
hope
self concept
integration
diagnosis
support
prognosis for recovery
diagnosable conditions
anxiety
depression
trauma
emotional scares
addictions
compulsions
emotional issues
neuroses
psychoses
healing of emotional damage
history
self imposed limits
acceptance
conflicts
reality
restoring
healing
coping/protective mechanisms
beliefs
self responsibility
stabilize
new perspective
confidential
family dynamics
hurts
personal dynamics
weaknesses
problems
tends toward process
heal past
medical model
behavior awareness
complaints
reactions
restoration
undoing
dysfunctional>functional
focused scope
fear

 

personal evolution
visioning
problem solving
what's next?/what now?
sustainable flow
collaborative, equal partnership
conscious>consciousness level
toward
focuses forward
raising standards
generally open, not vulnerable
actively building
life dynamics
wants a partner
frustration
present > future
needs, wants
life design
chooses goals and actions
acts on information
more action oriented
self potential
catalyzing, challenging
asks what
tolerations
often a rapid pace
personal disclosure as useful
client
performance model
co creation
achievement
common situations
mostly dialogue
performance
is now
close, collaborative
uniqueness
possibility
experimentation/discovery
inspiration
self discovery
manifestation
self assessment
support, solutions
chance of success
everyday situations
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
related experiences
missed opportunities
flow
paradoxes
paradigms
expanding
evolving
building reserves
personal operating system
accountability
balance
new approach
confidential
organizational dynamics
works
personal style
strengths
solutions
tends toward results
create future
performance/growth model
personal awareness
tolerations
responses
enhancement
doing
functional>extraordinary
unlimited scope
excitement



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