Coaching and therapy are different even if they overlap in places. Not all individuals who want help living a better life have a mental health disorder and need a mental health provider. Often the people we work with have been in traditional therapy for years and still are not where they want to be. Sometimes you’re stuck, not sick.
A good coach will discuss your needs to ensure they are able to be addressed within a coaching context. If you require more than what is provided through coaching, a well trained coach will make a referral to an appropriate licensed mental health provider. Often coaches will collaborate with healthcare providers and coordinate care to support the needs of clients.
Similarly to integrated/alternative providers, coaches neither make nor treat medical or mental diagnoses. Even when coaches are either licensed mental health providers or pre-licensed mental health providers, a coaching relationship prevents providing mental health treatment. So while a coach may be a therapist, in the coaching capacity they are not operating as licensed therapists, physicians, or psychologists providing traditional medical or mental health treatment.
Issues that are discussed in therapy are also, often, discussed in coaching. It is normal, albeit unfortunate, to collect messages, beliefs, fears, insecurities, etc along the way. Coaching helps remove these blocks. The distinction is the responsibility of the coach, but it is important to be aware as a consumer. A coaching client can have a diagnosis and seek coaching. However, a coach cannot treat the diagnosis. This means that if major depression or anxiety prevents a person from thriving, a coach can work with the client to live their fullest life, even while struggling with mental illness. However, a coach cannot treat depression. A therapist would collaborate instead!
There are benefits to working with a coach. Coaches are able to apply a wide variety of support and are able to offer advice that clinicians cannot. However, there are benefits therapists offer that coaches do not. For example, licensed providers are regulated by the state licensing body overseeing their license. Coaches do not have to be licensed. At all. Anyone can become a coach. This means that it is crucial to research a coach you intend on working with to be sure he, she, or they have proper training and experience.
At Well Coached Life all of our coaches provide ethical coaching. Our team members are formally trained to work with both the mind and the body. We implement strategies informed by Eastern and Western medicine and provide alternative therapy that is complementary to the healing arts services that are offered by providers who are licensed by the state. We offer services that are in compliance with California state laws, including California Business & Professional Code § 2053.6. We have several licensed adn pre-licensed therapists and psychologists to ensure we are aware if a client needs more care than coaching provides. When this happens, we have highly trained therapists with whom we work to ensure full supportive services to our clientele.
We are here to answer questions you may have to ensure you are afforded the best coaching opportunity we can provide.