Therapy is defined as a treatment of a physical or psychological disorder. Treatment is based on medical diagnosis and may involve medication and/or a remedial, rehabilitative or curative process. The purpose of psycho-therapy is to help individual through unresolved issues, conditions or trauma that most likely have historical significance.
Coaching is an approach to determining what may be causing or creating a stressful or unhealthy discourse in the current situation. In parent and child coaching, individuals seek answers to questions surrounding behavioral and temper related issues, or problems connecting or understanding each other. Treatment involves situational analysis and techniques uniquely structured to build cohesive relationships built out of mutual respect, routine and understanding.
Coaching is in no way a substitute for psycho-therapy. Individuals needing therapy to resolve historical issues with either themselves or their child should not consider coaching as an alternative. Instead, coaching can help support your family's growth and new found structure along side your current medically diagnosed therapy treatments.