In our experience, we’ve found that many adoptive families feel confused or have questions about the difference between coaching and therapy. To shed some light on our approach and how we’re different from other adoption guidance providers, we’ve outlined the differences between adoption coaching and adoption therapy.
Coaching is a professional, client-focused partnership where the family or individual* is considered capable, healthy and whole, and able to achieve their goals with effective support, resources and guidance.
Coaching is different from therapy. Therapy concentrates on the origins of trauma, healing wounds, and processing painful experiences; it is all about action. Coaching focuses on the present and seeks to help individuals and families develop strategies to address current challenges. A reputable coach recognizes the limits of his expertise. He will refer a family to a therapist or psychiatrist when appropriate.
Coaching, as an alternative resource, remains a powerful and innovative approach to building healthy family dynamics.
As coaches with GIFT – Growing Intentional Families Together, we focus on actions and the future. We illuminate opportunities, solutions and growth. We want you to feel confident and empowered to be the best parent you can be.