Coaching vs Therapy

Grief coaching and therapy are valuable forms of support, but they differ in focus, approach, and benefits. Here are the benefits of grief coaching and how it differs from therapy:

Benefits of Grief Coaching:

-Focused on Grief and Loss: Grief coaching addresses the challenges and emotions associated with grief and loss. It provides targeted support for individuals navigating the grieving process.

-Practical and Solution-Oriented: Grief coaching often emphasizes practical strategies, coping mechanisms, and goal-setting to help clients progress in their grief journey.

-Action-Oriented: Grief coaches encourage clients to take concrete steps toward healing and growth. They may set specific action plans and monitor progress.

-Time-Limited: Grief coaching is typically a shorter-term, goal-oriented process, making it well-suited for those who want support during specific phases of their grief.

-Empowerment: Grief coaches empower clients to take an active role in healing, fostering a sense of self-efficacy and resilience.

-Holistic Approach: Grief coaches often incorporate a holistic approach, addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of healing.

-Supportive and Non-Clinical: Grief coaching provides a supportive, non-clinical environment, which some individuals find less intimidating than traditional therapy.

 Differences from Therapy:

-Scope of Practice: Therapists are licensed mental health professionals who can diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health issues. Grief coaches focus specifically on grief and loss.

-Clinical vs. Non-Clinical: Therapy is clinical and may involve diagnosing mental health disorders. Grief coaching is non-clinical and focuses on personal growth and goal achievement.

-Long-Term vs. Short-Term: Therapy can be long-term and open-ended, while grief coaching is typically shorter-term and goal-focused.

-Emphasis on Diagnosis: Therapists may diagnose mental health conditions and use therapeutic interventions to address them. Grief coaches do not diagnose but offer support and guidance.

-Insurance Coverage: Therapy is sometimes covered by insurance, while grief coaching is typically paid for out-of-pocket.

-Goals: The goals of therapy may vary widely, from symptom reduction to personal insight. Grief coaching’s primary goal is to support individuals in their grief journey.

Grief coaching is a valuable option for individuals seeking targeted support and practical guidance during their grief process. It can complement therapy and benefit those seeking action-oriented, short-term help coping with loss. However, the choice between grief coaching and treatment depends on individual needs and preferences.

Grief coaching IS NOT therapy, and I am not a therapist. I will not diagnose or treat mental illnesses. I may refer or direct you to appropriate resources in addition to or instead of coaching if I feel that you will benefit from it. Coaching focuses on action steps, accountability, potential, and the future. Coaching services are a good fit for emotionally and psychologically healthy individuals who want to make changes and move forward in their lives on personal life goals.

I am currently conducting all sessions via zoom. Individual Coaching Sessions are 50 min in length.

One 30 min coaching discovery call is available for all clients. This session lets us get acquainted, share concerns, or ask questions.

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” —Desmond Tutu