Therapy aims to help individuals overcome their past so that they can be “well” in the present. Its purpose is to heal wounds from the past that interfere with a person’s normal functioning at both a personal and social level. It is a remedial process.
Coaches work with mentally healthy individuals (although this does not mean it is not done in therapy) who have desires, expectations, and seek constant self-improvement, leading them to personal growth and their best version. It is framed in various areas of life, such as personal, family, work, professional, business, etc.
The global framework for effective coaching leads us to view this conversation as follows: Coaching is communication, self-reflective awareness, change, systematic work and thinking, and self-improvement.
I am going to specifically refer to the heart of coaching, which speaks to self-reflective awareness, as it involves a continuous behavior of the human being, primarily at the unconscious level. Coaching makes it conscious, dealing with all the thoughts and feelings we have about our thoughts and feelings, behaviors, states, our sense of self, our ideas about the future, and more. Coaching not only deals with our initial thought about something but also with the thoughts deep in our minds. The Coach tests and explores all the ideas, memories, imagination, fears, regrets, intentions, etc., that we have about something.
Coaching facilitates change; the Coach becomes an agent of change.
Lastly, coaching facilitates the human potential for self-improvement. Coaching goes further, seeking and activating all the hidden potentials that were not even suspected and works to empower the client to make them real.
(Reference from the book “Meta Coaching Volume 1” by Michael Hall and Michelle Duval)