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The similarities and differences between coaching and therapy

Peter Bluckert (Managing Director of Peter Bluckert Coaching, Bingley, UK. E‐mail:

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 1 March 2005




This article sets out to explore the similarities and differences between coaching and therapy – a subject of great interest currently within coaching and therapy fields.


The objectives are achieved by examining the convergence of approaches and thinking within these fields, as well as exploring theoretical contributions to the debate.


Coaching and therapy have a number of similarities. However, as this article explores, the two disciplines are in many ways, considerably different, particularly in terms of context issues bought to sessions and the ultimate intension. Typically, the skill sets required for each differ. Practical considerations such as terms of contract, length of session, pricing and boundaries also vary greatly.


The paper examines in greater detail a subject which is of very definite interest to both coaching and therapeutic practitioners, and also examines the popular argument in greater depth.



Bluckert, P. (2005), "The similarities and differences between coaching and therapy", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 37 No. 2, pp. 91-96.



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