In therapy, the client goes through a process of healing. They talk with their therapist about what happened in the past and how it affects the present. The client’s goal is to get back to their baseline — their normal experience of life. If you are working with a therapist, you must get clearance from her before hiring a coach.
In consulting, the consultant considers themselves the expert and tells the client what to do. It is up to the client whether to apply the advice they receive.
Coaches are expert facilitators who work with clients to discover what they truly want, create a roadmap to get there, work through their fears, and remove blocks stalling their momentum. The coach works with the client to tap into their own inner knowing, brilliance, strength, and resilience as they move forward. This can be confronting (but ultimately liberating) for clients who look for answers outside of themselves, get stuck in “I don’t know how,” or subconsciously carry the story “I’m not good enough.” Coaches work with clients to change how they show up to challenges in a once-and-for-all way.