"Well-being refers to positive and sustainable characteristics which enable individuals and organisations to thrive and flourish". The Well-being Institute - University of Cambridge
Coaching Psychology starts with the understanding that the client is relatively healthy and wants to work towards enhancing their well-being and performance, in life and/or in the workplace. It is present and future focused and time limited.
Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, Medicine works with patients who require therapy and or medical intervention to address issues (which can range from mild to severe) and tends to tackle various forms of mental illness, and generally aims to work towards bringing the patient to average health.
If and when a coaching client needs medical/clinical/ psychological intervention, as an HCPC Chartered Occupational Psychologist we can professionally recognise the signs and will advice the client to seek, and where relevant assist to find, the relevant specialists . (BPS code of conduct; sec 2.3). As coaching psychologists, we are able to work with clients who are receiving medical help whilst working with us, where it is helpful appropriate for the client.
Clinical/ Psychiatric Therapies Coaching
Client psycho-emotionally unwell Client psycho-emotionally relatively healthy
Focused on dealing with present and the past Present and future focused
Unresolved issues and feeling Driven Goals and Action driven
Towards understanding and emotional healing Towards higher level of functioning
Absorbs information Acts on information
Face to face in office Via Phone, Internet or face to face
Therapist as 'expert' Coach and Client collaborate on solutions
Contact between sessions only for crises Contact between sessions
Not time limited - can be ongoing. Time limited - typically 5 - 6 sessions
Medication may be prescribed (by medics)