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Apr 4, 2024

I was on a call getting to know a potential new client last week, and they asked me a really good question:

“What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?”

Let’s be honest – it’s probably a question you have, too.

My guess is that like most of the folks who become my clients, you already have done a ton of personal work.

You probably even have a therapist that supports you weekly, and though you resonate with what I share, you wonder…what could coaching add to the support system you have today?

Since this is a question that I get all the time, I thought I’d share some of the differences between coaching and therapy – so that you can ensure you do have the right support for your needs right now.

 

Coaching is goal oriented

During therapy, your main goal is to help you process and manage your emotional world.

And while we do some of this 👆🏿👆🏿 in coaching, coaching’s main purpose is way different:

It’s to help you achieve your goals.

 

That goal might be:

✅ healing your burnout

✅ feeling more confident as a s leader

✅ speaking up more boldly in the workplace

✅ leading in a way that honors your ancestral wisdom and values

 

Whatever your goals are, that is our focus during coaching, and making sure we get rid of everything that gets in your way of achieving your goals with ease.

This is why, in my coaching container, each client has a unique “coaching plan” where we’ve documented their goals and roadblocks, and then consistently track their progress with those goals and roadblocks.

It’s because for me as coach, my focus is on ensuring that you achieve every goal that you have at the beginning of our coaching relationship – and in order to do that, we need to be clear on and intentionally track your goals. 

 

Coaching holds you accountable

One of the big differences between coaching and (most!) therapy is that a big part of a coach’s job is to hold you accountable to do the things you need (and want) to do to achieve your goals.

At the end of each coaching session, I’ll ask you:

“What do you want to be held accountable for over the next couple of weeks?”

And then we’ll check on your progress at the beginning of the next session.

Unlike when you’re trying to achieve your goals on your own. I never judge you, berate you, or give up when you don’t complete the tasks you wanted to be held accountable to. 

Instead, I help you understand why you’re not doing what you need to do, and then I’ll help you create strategies that will ensure you actually do it this time.

 

Coaching teaches you HOW to overcome stress & overwhelm

A really common issue I see with a ton of my clients when they enter coaching, is that while they understand why they’re struggling with stress, overwhelm, and burnout (thanks to therapy!)…

…they still don’t really know how to overcome their issues.

That’s where I come in.

Thanks to years of experience and hundreds of clients before you, I help you create long-term, unique tools, strategies, and resources that work for you and will support you to build your confidence, create firmer boundaries, manage your time & energy, and navigate difficult emotions.

My goal as a coach is always for you to graduate at the end of our time together – so it’s imperative to me that you have tools that work for you in the long-term so that you’re not dependent on me or someone else to “fix” you.

 

Coaching works faster

This is no shade to therapy, but it’s just true. 

I consistently receive the feedback from clients that they’ve made more progress in a few months of coaching than they have in years of therapy.

It’s because in coaching, we’re action oriented, I hold you accountable, and you’re working on your internal and external goals between sessions, too.

Long story short, we keep our eyes firmly on the prize during coaching – so you take the shortcut to your goals, instead of stumbling along the path less traveled.

 

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If you are reading the above and are realizing coaching might be right for you, I invite you to schedule a free call to discuss 1:1 coaching.

Another way I’m different from most therapists?

It really matters to me that you and I feel really clear that we’re a fit before you decide to do your first coaching session.  

That’s why, when you’re ready to explore 1:1 coaching, you and I will have a free, in-depth call where you will get a sense for me, my personality, my process, and philosophy so that you can feel confident that I’m the right fit for you.

If you want to learn more, check out this page to learn more about 1:1 coaching.

You deserve to meet your goals faster, and with ease – I can’t wait to help you do it.

 

xx,

Gieselle

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