Comparison Of Services

THERAPY(Traditional Medical Model)

Treatment is clinical, centered on identifiable dysfunctions/impairment in a person, relies on diagnosis and pathology, insurance covered service

Explores a person’s difficulty in functioning due to their past experiences and/or trauma, and seeks healing

Doctor-patient relationship focus is on relieving pain or symptoms (The therapist as expert)

Assumes emotions are a symptom of something wrong, focuses on process and feelings

The Therapist diagnoses, then provides professional expertise to provide a path to healing, is nurturing, supportive, cathartic

Progress can be slow

Limited, if any personal disclosure by the therapist

Therapist is responsible for both process and outcomes


Helps client identify and define the presenting problem, therapist will diagnose as needed (i.e. when client is using insurance; when significant diagnosis impairs client’s ability to function)

Explores a client’s current strengths and exceptions to the problem, building new strength’s and new skills for positive coping to promote exploration for solutions to the problem

Therapist-client relationship is collaborative

Normalizes emotions as they relate to the problem

Therapist is solution oriented rather than problem focused (or diagnosis focused), future-focused, goal-directed to help create a path to eliminate the problem

Progress is typically brief vs long-term

Limited if any personal disclosure by the therapist, only when therapeutically relevant

Therapist is responsible for process and collaborates with client on outcomes, involves use of therapy homework


Is a learning/developmental model, with a healthy client desiring a better situation and focusing on helping the client achieve a higher level of functioning by exploring possibilities and attainable goals

Focus is mostly on a person’s present and guides them to create a more desirable future while understanding the past as context, asking How? And What? Rather than WHY?

Coach and client have an equal partnership, Coach offers perspectives to help client discover own answers and goals

Normalizes emotions, assuming they are natural

The Coach supports the client and helps him or her explore and identify challenges, then collaborates with the client to turn challenges into accomplishments, holding client accountable to reach desired goals

Growth and progress are rapid and usually enjoyable

Personal disclosure by the coach is relevant and used to promote learning

Coach is responsible for process; Client is responsible for results

*Coaching is a non-medical/non-clinical service, therefore there is no diagnosing, the coaching client has no identifiable or impairing pathology/dysfunctions; there is no insurance reimbursement for coaching services, a referral for therapy will be provided as needed in addition to coaching services or instead of coaching services if a mental health issue is identified.

Trying to decide on Therapy Vs Coaching:

ICF’s (International Coach Federation) Top 10 Indicators: When to Refer to a Mental Health Professional(if repetitive and/or extreme)
  1. Unable to experience pleasure, increase in hopelessness or helplessness
  2. Unable to focus, intrusive thoughts
  3. Poor sleep patterns, exhaustion
  4. Marked change in appetite
  5. Guilt, unworthiness
  6. Despair, hopelessness
  7. Hyper or excessively tired
  8. Hyper or excessively tired
  9. Irritability , anger outbursts
  10. Impulsive, risk-taking behavior
  11. Preoccupied with death
* If you currently experience the above items and experience impairment in your typical level of functioning you are currently a candidate for therapy. If you are unsure whether therapy or coaching is right for you please contact me for a brief consult.

MATCHMAKING (Only offered to established coaching clients)

Helps you find romantic love by guiding you through the process of dating while you learn to identify your healthy valued traits in a relationship

Uses human intelligence and offers a personal touch to help people find a compatible partner by getting to know you and based on your personality, lifestyle, hobbies, interests and values, understands who will be a suitable match

Trust between you and your matchmaker is developed in the coaching relationship you have established, you will feel comfortable and be able to identify and communicate your relationship wants, needs and desires

Your matchmaker has coached and checked the references of everyone you are introduced to in order to provide for a safe enjoyable experience, offering you a chance to connect with someone you may not otherwise meet and helps coordinate introductions as well as arrange dates, eliminating concerns of general safety and the possibility of being “stood up”

Confidential, no one will know you are using a matchmaker unless you tell them; you will only be introduced to people your matchmaker feels you are compatible with and who you decide you are interested in meeting, your contact information or photo will not be released to anyone without your permission

© 2017 Samantha Charbonneau