Coaching comes from the word stagecoach. (No, not the music festival - I’m talking about the old timey covered wagon kind of stagecoach.) Widely used before the introduction of railways, stagecoaches were used to carry passengers journeying from stage to stage.
What we know as coaching today is very much like this. Coaching is about picking people up and helping guide them forward.
As a coach, I do not hold authority in your life. I am your guide. You actually already have all of the answers, and my job is to help you uncover them.
The power of coaching is truly in the alliance between coach and client.
Is Coaching like Therapy?
No. Coaching and therapy are very different. Therapy is about healing wounds from the past and overcoming present issues stemming from past hurts. Therapists are trained - and often licensed - to provide a variety of treatments and rehabilitation for individuals.
Coaching, on the other hand, is focused on solutions, what is currently working and moving forward. The past may be looked at to shed light on the present situation, but the goal is to bridge the gap between where the client is now and where the client wants to be by utilizing the client’s own strengths and resources.
A good coach will refer you to a therapist if he or she feels there are past wounds to heal before moving forward. It is possible to have a simultaneous working relationship with both a therapist and a coach. I’ve done this myself, and it proved to be extremely beneficial for me.