Coaching is a process during which an alliance is formed between a client (person, couple, family, or corporation) and coach for the purpose of “helping the client tap into their inner purpose and passion, and connect that with outer goals and tasks to bring about extraordinary and sustainable results.” iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching).

“Coaching is all about having someone believe in you and encourage you, about getting valuable feedback, about seeing things from new perspectives and setting your sights on new horizons.” Author unknown.

Coaching creates a unique client-helper relationship. This relationship is a powerful alliance–a partnership of sorts- to help clients better manage their lives, perform at their highest potential, create greater fulfillment, and identify and live their dreams. Coaches are results-oriented professionals who are non-judgmental, good listeners, and capable of thinking “outside the box” to help their clients get powerful, measurable and frequently miraculous results that last.




Consultants are experts in certain fields.  They have an agenda and provide potential answers or proposals to their client.   Coaches on the other hand, have no agenda except to help the client achieve what he/she wants. While coaches have specializations in certain fields, their true expertise is in the coaching process. The primary difference is that the consultant promotes himself/herself as the expert in certain aspects of life, and the coach accepts that the client is the expert and has within him/her the answer to any and all situations he/she may face. Another difference is that the coach stays with and “partners” with the client to help implement a plan they both develop. A consultant usually does not participate in this type of relationship and leaves the client to implement the plan of action on his/her own.  Coaches not only help bring about change; they provide a confidential and safe environment in which the client can explore his/her issues and concerns.


A mentor is someone who has “been there and done that,” can share their experiences, and can be a role model. A coach does not use his/her personal experiences as a model of success for the client. The client is the expert on his/her life. The coach is the expert on the coaching process and is skilled in helping the client even without first-hand knowledge of what the client has experienced.


The therapist’s typical functions are to help clients fix problems, overcome issues and sometimes manage mental illness. Coaches do not work with mental illness nor spend much time on client issues or problems. Actually, coaches do not see anything as a problem, only as an opportunity. Coaches focus on solutions. They do not dwell on the client’s past nor try to analyze behavior. The past is only a focus of coaching as a learning/growing instrument and if part of the present situation. Coaches do not start in the past, nor remain there, but release the energy the past has on clients, so they can continue forward. Simply stated, the therapist usually helps the client figure out “why,” while the coach helps the client focus on “how.”

Sports Coaching

Although professional coaching does have its roots in sports coaching and there are many similarities, professional coaching is not based on competition nor is it on a win-lose scenario.  Professional coaches concentrate on bringing out one’s best but not in order to beat someone else. Contrary to sports coaching, professional coaching helps people to think and create win-win scenarios for all involved.


We all recognize the value of a best friend. But is your best friend a trained professional who you can trust to work with you on the most critical aspects of your life-without giving you his/her own personal advice? Let’s face it, friends usually have their own agendas and, more often than not, they are all too willing to tell you what you should do.  In addition, friends may not point out various issues you should be addressing, for fear of hurting your feelings. Coaching is a collaborative effort that is solely based on what the client wants and thinks he/she would like to do.  Unlike a best friend, coaches are objective and nonjudgmental.


The Integrative Core Energy Approach includes a unique assessment system that helps you learn more about yourself and how you view your experiences in the world. This, in turn, determines your own energy level, or level of awareness in your life. By learning more about yourself, you are able to discover and connect with your inner, un-tapped potential, reach a new level of consciousness, and become more in charge of what excites and motivates you. Most importantly, you can become the powerful leader in your own life and inspire others around you to reach the same new heights.

Once it is realized that improving your own awareness directly impacts your actions, your focused energy to accomplish your dreams and desires increases, and your ability to perform optimally in all areas of your life can be successfully achieved.