There is much debate about the differences in principle and practice between coaching, mentoring, therapy, manager coaches etc. and also about the role of coaching alongside other ‘talking professions’.
As a Certified Professional Coactive Coach I stand by some basic distinctions. Though I recognise this is simplistic, in contrast to the mentor as specific expert, counsellor as listener, and therapist as analyst, coaching holds a space in which you are the expert in your life. Coaching works with you has a whole person, trusts that there is nothing ‘broken’ that needs fixing, and ensures learning takes place through bridging reflection with action. My expertise is in using coaching techniques to provoke clarity, courage and commitment for your own self-understanding.
As such I am committed to abide by the International Coaching Federation code of ethics.