What is coaching?
Coaching is a process of facilitation between the coacher and the trainee or client or coachee in achieving of specific personal or professional goals. The Coaching process is one of shortening the distance between what is and what is wanted. Coaching sessions move along the “what you want – what you have” continuum seeking to join the two together. When what you want meets what you have you are Happy! The coacher help the client achieve his goals by challenging the coachee to find answers within and to explore values, needs, wants and views.Back to top
What is the difference between Coaching and Psychotherapy?
I find grate similarity between coaching and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in that both use similar approaches and tools to achieve change. Coaching is different from Psychotherapy in the focus of the helping process. Coaching focuses on helping people to better utilize and enhance their virtues, strengths whereas psychotherapy focuses on helping people overcome and cope with problems.
This is why I see coaching and psychotherapy as to sides of the same coin. Doing Psychotherapy one needs to see goals invasion the way to achieve them. Doing Coaching one has to see difficulties, deal -circumvent or except them in order to achieve the goals. Being able to use both approaches gives the most flexibility to help you find and achieve.Back to top
Combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Coaching in treating difficult problems.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The main principle of CBT is that thought creates reality. It focuses on balancing distorted thinking patterns and unhealthy views as a way to change and balance emotions and Behaviors. CBT is a scientifically proven effective approach for treating severe problems such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) as well as coping with more interpersonal problems.
Coaching. There is no single definition for coaching but one can say that Coaching is the process of helping you reach your potential using empowerment and support. Coaching is not intended on solving psychological problems such as anxiety disorders or depression but is well adapt for empowerment and life enhancement.
The added value of combining CBT and Coaching. Since you can’t really isolate different parts of a man’s life, using both approaches lets the therapist be holistic and address both problem and development. Combining both approaches is especially helpful when treating difficult and complex problems by giving greater flexibility. I find this combination most helpful, giving both therapist and patient the ability to switch between the focused problem oriented view of CBT and the broad life view of Coaching.
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