coaching vs therapy vs consulting

What Coaching IS:

The International Coach Federation (ICF) — the leading global coaching organization and professional association for coaches — defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

Your coach is your advocate. They want the best for you. They will work with you to help you reach your goals and to succeed. Your coach will hold you accountable and challenge you to grow and do more than you think you can do. They may push, pull, and stretch you in ways that may even feel uncomfortable, but is always focused on YOU and YOUR goals.

The coaching process addresses specific personal issues, business challenges, general conditions and transitions in the client’s personal life, relationships or career by examining where the client is in the present, discovering what obstacles or challenges might be blocking him or her from realizing a dream, and choosing a course of action to create that desired future.

Specifically, in Law of Attraction coaching, we use highly effective “mind-games”, or what we call processes, to raise a client’s vibration to match the vibration of a desired future self. We know that human beings are the creator of their life’s experience and as such have a choice to create anything they desire. 
What would happen, if YOU start implementing this amazing new paradigm? More importantly, what happens when you do not?

What Coaching IS NOT:

Coaching is NOT therapy or counseling. According to the American Psychological Association “psychotherapy is applying scientifically validated procedures to help people develop healthier, more effective habits. There are several approaches to psychotherapy — including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and other kinds of talk therapy — that help individuals work through their problems.
A psychologist’s theoretical perspective will affect what goes on in his or her office. Psychologists who use cognitive-behavioral therapy, for example, have a practical approach to treatment. The psychologist might ask the client to tackle certain tasks designed to help develop more effective coping skills.
In contrast, psychoanalytic and humanistic approaches typically focus more on talking than doing. You might spend your sessions discussing your early experiences to help you and your psychologist better understand the root causes of your current problems.
A psychologist may combine elements from several styles of psychotherapy. In fact, most therapists don’t tie themselves to any one approach. Instead, they blend elements from different approaches and tailor their treatment according to each client’s needs.”

Coaching is not giving advice, consulting, or mentoring either. A good coach isn’t there to “fix” anyone, but to help the client navigate toward a more engaged and compelling future.

From Moneywatch, Dec 2011: Lifecoaches help their clients explore and come up with the best choices for them based on where they are and the client’s vision for their future. Coaches are experts at the process of changing behavior, which is much more valuable than giving instructions.