It is important that clients understand the differences between therapy, coaching, and spiritual guidance. Coaching, spiritual guidance, and psychotherapy utilize knowledge of human behavior, motivation, and behavioral change, intuition, and interactive counseling techniques. The major differences lie in the goals, emphasis, and level of professional responsibility
Recovery coaching and spiritual guidance assume the relative mental health of the individual. Coaching and guidance are collaborative processes that emphasizes action, solutions, and creating positive change, both in the present and in the future. They also place an emphasis on client accountability and a commitment to self-awareness, life enhancement, and intrapersonal growth, and increased personal satisfaction.
Psychotherapy, on the other hand, identifies, diagnoses, and treats mental disorders, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association. Goals in therapy include the alleviation of symptoms, altering dysfunctional patterns involved in various disorders, and coping with psychological distress.
Please understand that recovery coaching sessions or spiritual guidance are not a substitute for psychotherapy or mental health care. In the event that either the coach or the client recognizes a problem that may be better served by psychotherapy, I will refer you to the appropriate resources.