Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change.
In therapy the focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that limit an individual’s emotional functioning in the present. The objective is generally to improve overall psychological functioning, and help the person deal with the present in more emotionally healthy ways.
Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success or fulfilment. Coaching is future focused.
While emotions and feelings are also an important part of coaching, the main focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving goals in one’s work or personal life. In coaching, the emphases are on action, responsibility and following through.