What is the difference between coaching and therapy?

The main difference between coaching and therapy is that coaching is more future-focused while therapy is more present and past-focused.

Coaching is more about aiding a client in defining and achieving future goals. Both coaching and therapy can be about resolving current issues through increasing insight, learning and using new coping skills, and increasing healthy self care. Therapy can also involve healing from the past and increasing understanding how our past can influence maladaptive patterns of thinking and behavior.

Coaching is action-oriented and can be viewed as bridging the gap between knowledge and action. As such, coaching involves motivational enhancement, “between session home assignments”, and accountability. The therapist as coach synergistically utilizes these factors to assist clients in identifying and making forward progress in achieving self-determined goals.

Finally, coaching is “self-pay” (i.e. $150 for a 55 minute coaching session) as insurance companies do not recognize it as a “medically necessary” service. Coaching clients are required to maintain a credit card on file to which their services will billed at midnight on the the service is provided.

Career Coaching:

Are you unemployed, underemployed, or in a “dead-end” job?
Are you feeling stuck in an unsatisfying career? Is your current job a mismatch with your skills, abilities, and work values? Are you wanting to go back to school but having difficulty in figuring out where to start?

Career Advancement Counseling at Wellness Matters

Do you want to enjoy going to work in a career that matches your skills, abilities, and work values?
Do you lack confidence about pursuing a career that might be outside of your comfort zone?
Are you unclear about what careers and job opportunities are “out there” that match your interests? Are you needing assistance finding an education or training match to advance your career?
Working together, we can match your skills, abilities, and work values to existing career options!
We will use a variety of career inventories to identify strengths and then research related careers. We will walk beside you as you explore the training and/or educational opportunities needed for career change or advancement that best suits your wants and needs.
We will assist in problem solving logistical, relationship, or financial challenges that your journey entails. This process will ease your fears of the unknown and help you get “unstuck” from your current situation.
We believe that a fulfilling work life is achievable!
We are here to work with you while you explore any number of careers that could be a match and take steps toward fulfilling your dream.

Couple’s Coaching:

If you and partner are wanting strengthen your relationship and solve unhelpful relationship dynamics, couple’s coaching may be an option! Couple’s coaching often focuses on improving communication and strengthening relationships.

Due to the sensitive nature of couple’s coaching, a thorough intake process is in place to determine the safety and appropriateness of couple’s coaching. Part of the screening process will include providing information around intimate partner violence, assault and/or arrest history, infidelity issue or concerns, and substance use/abuse status and history. Potential couple’s clients will also be requested to complete full Releases of Information with: any current or past mental health providers, substance use treatment providers, probation agents, child protective service workers, etc. Upon completion of the information gathering stage, the information will be jointly reviewed by Wellness Matters staff and a determination made as to whether the couple will be accepted for couple’s coaching.

Note: If there is current, recent, or past acts of violence and/or current (i.e., within the last six months) substance use concerns, such couple’s will be declined for the provision of couple’s counseling. However, emotional regulation skill building, parenting, and/or communication skills are available to be received on an individual basis.
Contact Wellness Matters for a free 15-minute consultation or to make an appointment:

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For more information about Wellness Matters, please see About Us – Wellness Matters.

Note: Health care insurance companies do not consider coaching to be “medically necessary”. Therefore, coaching is a “non-covered service” which cannot be billed to insurance.