Coaching Vs Therapy


Think of therapy and other trauma-informed professionals (therapists, physiatrist, and licensed professionals’ counselors) as the first defense line. They can diagnose, prescribe medication, and provide a medical intervention that aims to bring the patient to a stable condition. Coaches are daily aids as a supporter of the patient to reach recovery and personal goals. Coaching provides tools to clients to take control of their lives to live and build a purpose-filled future.

What Coaches Do

  • Coaches are guides, teachers, and mentors. They come alongside their clients as peers.
  • Coaches build a healthy relationship with their clients so that they can learn how to have a healthy relationship with themselves, others, and the world.
  • Coaches goal set with their clients, helping them map out a path that brings them closer to leading the life they want to live.
  • Coaches provide education about trauma and recovery.
  • Coaches share their personal experiences to let their clients know they are not alone in what they are facing and validate their experiences.
  • Coaches help their clients identify the primary lies/core beliefs taught to them by their abuser or enabler. Once identified, they help their clients define new, healthy truths/beliefs.
  • Coaches help their clients celebrate their progress.
  • Coaches help their clients build a healthy view of themselves, others, and the world.

What Coaches do NOT do

  • Coaches do not treat, diagnose, or assess their client’s mental health.
  • Coaches do not prescribe medication or give advice about any medications.
  • Coaches do not prescribe treatment.
  • Coaches do not “process” trauma with their clients. Their focus is upon helping their client’s function in their present day lives.
  • Coaches do not work with clients who are at risk of harming themselves or others

Coaches do not work outside of their scope of competence