2007 Special Group in Coaching Psychology 3rd Annual Conference
Conference Venue: City University Special Group in Coaching Psychology
From: 17 Dec 2007 To: 18 Dec 2007
Coaching Psychology and Psychotherapy: Contrasts and Comparisons
Regents College, London, UK
Many coaching psychologists come from a psychotherapy or counselling psychology background. Equally, coaching psychology is substantially informed by theories and models whose origins lie in therapeutic methods and approaches. While the great majority in the profession would argue that coaching psychology is not psychotherapy, the distinguishing variables between the two, if any, remain somewhat unclear. This talk will argue that, although related, significant differences between the two professions do exist and have an impact upon the nature of the professional relationship that is established. In particular, it will highlight various differences in aim, context (or frame) and practise.
In addition, utilising ideas from existential theory, it will examine the inter-relational context that is implicit in coaching psychology practise and contrast this to dominant psychotherapeutic theories that centre upon the individual and intra-psychic models of mind and behaviour. Equally, this talk will attempt to tease out what may exist that is similar between the two professions and how each may contribute to the development of the other.