Therapy is a remedial modality which supports people to overcome emotional trauma. The focus is usually on exploring past psychological reactive behaviours, and providing coping mechanisms and solutions to the underlying emotional trauma. Therapists help to diagnose issues, and advice is often given on how to heal mental health challenges.
Counselling is often referred to as “talk therapy” in which the client discusses challenges and problems they are experiencing in their life. It’s helpful when individuals need to gain clarity on a problem and obtain a different perspective on behaving or thinking. The client is an active participant in the sessions, and with the assistance of a professional counsellor establishes the desired outcome.
A psychologist is consulted when a person intensely struggles to manage their emotions. These emotions could range from anger to depression, anxiety, or overwhelm. Their emotional state is negatively impacting their personal life, their work, and their relationships.
Coaching is a proactive, forward-focused process which aims to make a person aware of patterns and behaviours, and progressively solve them before they come up. The client chooses what they’re willing to explore, reflect on, and work through. Coaches don’t diagnose, advise, or prescribe anything, because the principle of coaching is that the client is the master of his or her own life, and is fully capable of generating their own solutions.