Visiting the psychotherapy versus coaching psychology conundrum

  • Ole Michael Spaten



This article presents similarities and differences between psychotherapy, coaching psychology and coaching, and hence discusses boundaries between these diverse fields of practice. The article will cover prevailing arguments and descriptions in the scientific community, and major differences in relation to the application in daily practice. Similarities and differences are discussed in the light of scientific research and different theoretical perspectives, including both classic and recent scholars. Main differences are; the clinical/non-clinical perspective and educational differences. Finally, some central concepts from the fields are presented in a table for a proposal of distinctions and interfaces. A comprehensive education in combination with an understanding of the differences and similarities between the three intervention forms is of significant importance for the professional working in either of the fields.