What is coaching anyway?
Coaching is kind of a buzz word these days. You might hear about a life coach, or a transformational coach, or a wellness coach, or a mindset coach, or a business coach.
A “coach” with any of the titles listed above is basically someone who helps others work toward achieving specific goals. Coaching is typically about moving forward. It’s about setting goals, getting support, fixing a specific problem while identifying roadblocks that are getting in the way.
What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?
Sometimes this can get muddy. But here are the basics…
- Coaching is about moving forward. Therapy is about looking at the past.
- Coaching is about setting goals and pushing toward them. Therapy is about healing.
- Coaching is typically directive. Therapy is less directive. For example, in coaching, you’ll likely have homework.
- Coaching is not covered by health insurance. Therapy is, at times.
- Coaching does not require a mental health diagnosis. Therapy does require that you are given a diagnosis.
- Coaching is typically short-term and moves faster. Therapy often lasts longer.
One other major difference between coaching and therapy is that therapists are licensed and monitored by a state licensing Board and are bound to a code of ethics. Therapists must have at least Master’s degrees and are required to have completed very specific supervised training.
So what’s better?
Short answer-neither. Both are good. Even though we are Omaha Psychotherapy, we believe that both therapy AND coaching have a place, and we provide both.
Omaha Psychotherapy owner, Hannah Mirmiran, LICSW, began her career as a psychotherapist. She recently trained with the Fearless Living Institute to become a coach. She now believes that both therapy and coaching are important and she offers both.
It’s our belief that coaching has a very important role in helping people change their lives. We also believe that the best coaches are therapists who have trained in both areas. We are fortunate to be able to provide just that at Omaha Psychotherapy.
To speak with us more about coaching, call us at 402-715-9710 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org today.