Is this Coaching?


Is this Coaching?

We all know that words are important. When we try to describe a certain feeling we’re having, the right word makes all the difference. Am I “sad” or “despondent?” Am I “peeved” or am I “furious?” Big difference right?

So why is it that people are so imprecise with the word “Coaching?” Frequently people are simply substituting the word “coaching” for the word “therapy.” This is because the practitioner either thinks that the word “therapy” conjures up images of old fashioned talk therapy as opposed to the new, more effective help that the practitioner likes to believe he or she provides, or that the word “therapy” is a legal term that the practitioner is not qualified to use.

This word substitution might be OK, I suppose, if it were not for the fact that “Coaching” has it’s own definition, and that by misusing the term confusion is created.

“Coaching,” or more specifically, “Life Coaching” as opposed to sports coaching, was created virtually single-handedly by Thomas Leonard in 1992. The way Thomas taught Coaching was as an ongoing conversation, conducted over the phone between the Coach and the client. Coach calls were typically a 30 minute telephone conversation that focused on facilitating the client’s creating the life they desired. Coaching focused on a balanced approach that includes success financially, in personal relationships, in our personal health and personal satisfaction.

You could say Coaching is generative and that Therapy or Private Hypnosis Sessions are remedial. In other words, Coaching is not for somebody who wants to fix a proplem, like anticipatory anxiety, or anger management, to remedy these problems you seek a Private Session in NLP or Hypnosis and can usually count on getting results in one or two sessions. Coaching is for when you want to take your life to the next level in all areas.

About Doug O'Brien

Doug O’Brien is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, and a Certified Hypnotherapist. In 1988, while assisting at NLP and NAC training seminars with Anthony Robbins, Doug achieved the designation of Master Trainer. He now conducts numerous seminars of his own around the globe (specializing in the “Sleight of Mouth” patterns of Robert Dilts, NLP Certification Courses, and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy) and helped found Columbia-Presbyterian’s Department of Complementary Medicine with Dr. Mehmet Oz.

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