Coaching vs. Consulting
Consultants advise their clients about how to solve problems. Coaches guide their clients to their own solutions. Consultants are focused on results. Coaches are focused on people. Consultants are hired to produce a certain outcome. Coaches are hired to support the client as they achieve a certain outcome.
Coaching vs. Therapy
Therapists work with clients that need or want professional help to work towards healing, recovery, and issue resolution. Coaches work with clients who want a detached partner to help them enhance their lives through action. Therapists are experts in medical and behavioral sciences trained to treat diagnosable conditions. Coaches use questions and reflection to highlight their client’s strengths and areas in need of development and then help the client uncover their own wisdom and solutions. Therapists are required to keep their personal feelings and thoughts removed. Coaches use personal disclosure as a tool to catalyze and challenge their clients.