What is Coaching Vs Therapy?

Therapy and coaching have the same goal to help an individual address their coping mechanisms, behaviours, and patterns. Both therapists and coaches listen to the individual, provide support, and support the individual in their growth and healing journey.


I know what it is like to go to a therapist and not have the support I need. I also know what it is like to unpack the past during a therapy session – the emotions, the process of when things took place, and working together when the past is starting to repeat itself.


Therapy helps some individuals, while for others it doesn’t help them. Sometimes it is a certain support piece they are missing. Another piece to their self-healing journey puzzle. I'm not saying stop going to therapy, I'm saying it's okay to add to your Care Team.


Coaches are a great addition to an individual’s mental health team. We are cheerleaders and supports along the way, cheering you on from the side as you keep moving forward. We help you reach for your recovery goals so you can live again and heal.


In Trauma Recovery Coaching, we are your mentors and peers, we are in this journey with you. As coaches, we model and build healthy relationships. We help provide tools and resources to help aid you in your self-healing journey.


Coaches help our clients’ set goals; you are never in this alone. We work together as a team to determine and set strategies in place to help you reach your recovery goals. Your goals can be either professional or personal. We provide a safe place and a safe relationship for our clients. Over time, you will see reconnection with another person and ultimately with yourself.


"Think of therapists and other mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed professional counselors) as the first line of defense. They are the trauma surgeons that help a survivor work through the physical impact their trauma may have caused.  Coaches aid trauma survivors, both as a peer and as a supporter, to help them reach their personal goals for their own recovery. Coaching provides support as a person begins to take greater levels of ownership in their future." (International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaches).


In general:

  • Coaches do not treat, nor diagnose mental health illnesses. It is not uncommon for clients to be involved in both coaching and therapy  at the same time if the client chooses. Consultation is very possible and encouraged. 

  • Coaches do not prescribe medication nor do we give any advice about medications.

  • Coaching tends to be more collaborative, working with clients as peers. Often goal setting is client directed and encouraged. 

  • Coaches do not operate from a traditional medical model. 

Sources: International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaches and The Narcisstic Abuse Coach

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