How is coaching different from psychotherapy?
In addition to being a coach, I am also a licensed psychologist in New York. I will not conduct psychotherapy with my coaching clients.
As your coach, my job is to help you to take information and skills that you already have and (1) make decisions about what changes you would like to achieve, (2) develop a personal "action plan" in order
to make those changes, (3) implement your action plan, and (4) develop strategies to maintain the
changes you have made.
Psychotherapy, on the other hand, is a health care service. Its primary
focus is to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders. The goals include
alleviating symptoms, understanding personality dynamics, and
changing dysfunctional behaviors. It is usually reimbursable through
health insurance policies (while coaching, at present, is not).
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