Coaching focuses more on the now and the how, and typically concerns a particular “stumbling block” issue. So if, for example, your child’s temper tantrums are a problem, in parent coaching, we would focus on this problem behavior, possible triggers, and talk about actions you might try to resolve it. Coaching does not include diagnosis.
To say it another way, coaching is a targeted consultation, where better understanding and concrete, practical advice are the ‘missing link’ that lets parents make effective change. 20+ years of experience as a child and family therapist informs all of my parent coaching work, but parent coaching is not therapy.
Therapy focuses more on the past and the why, and typically concerns longer-term, larger life issues. Therapy usually does include diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions that align with the diagnosis.