Is coaching like psychotherapy and is it reimbursable by insurance?
While coaching and psychotherapy both involve looking at one’s life in order to make changes through powerful conversations, they are distinctly different processes. Much of the time, in psychotherapy, you and the therapist will reflect on your past and delve into your feelings about that past and how it is affecting you today. In coaching, the focus tends to be more upon defining and attaining goals and dreams. It is action-oriented on what you can do now, to get to where you really want to be in your life’s path.
In psychotherapy, clients often receive a diagnosis, especially if the services are being paid for by health insurance. Assessing and treating pathology is not part of the coaching process. As such, coaching is not a medically based service nor considered health care and, is not covered by insurance.