What is the difference between mentoring/coaching and psychotherapy? There is some confusion because a psychotherapist mentors and coaches but a mentor/coach does not do psychotherapy. So while a mentor/coach and psychotherapist do many of the same things there are things that a pscyhotherapist does that a mentor/coach does not do.
Very simply, a mentor/coach does not treat mental illness, psychological dysfunctions, or addictions. For example:
- A mentor/coach may work with someone who has a mental illness but will not treat the mental illness.
-A mentor/coach may work with someone who has low self-esteem in a certain area of their life but will refer them to a therapist if their low self-esteem is pervasive and/or crippling.
- A mentor/coach may help someone who was abused as a child move beyond their childhood story but will not help them to recover their memories of abuse or to heal the dysfunctions that have arisen because of the abuse.
- A mentor/coach may work with someone who is in recovery for an addiction but will not work with them on their recovery.
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