Suggested Reading List

Dr. Thompson's Highly Recommended Books To Grow On

Dr. Thompson frequently recommends life-changing literature as listed here.

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Corporate Edge

Reasons for Businesses to Use Coaching Services

Changing workplace demographics and 24/7 information flow have created faster business cycles and increased demands placed upon managers and executives (Harvard Business Review, 2006).

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  • Professional Coaching for Individuals and Groups
  • Public Speaking
  • Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Groups
  • Facilitation of Seminars, Workshops, Training
  • Writing for Magazines, Newsletters, and Websites

Differences Between Therapy and Coaching


  • Clients have specific complaints or symptoms, a deficiency in functioning, or overwhelming reactions to certain stressors or relationship distress. Clients may or may not have a clear explanation for the causes of dysfunction.
  • First goal is to determine diagnosis and necessary treatment, possibly including medication.
  • Process evolves over the course of several weeks, months or years; research indicates most people get the biggest bang for the buck in the first 20 sessions. Sessions are 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Sessions are usually in person (except for rural or remote areas) and are ideally once a week initially.
  • Significant attention is paid to the distant past where earliest life lessons were acquired, and those lessons or emotional injuries are related to present maladaptive thought and action.
  • Attempts are made to put the past in perspective and to introduce new perspectives that facilitate growth and mental health.
  • Psychologists work under a license by the state, and psychological services may be supported by insurance coverage.


  • Clients have a specific goal, aspiration, or desire; it works best when an individual knows what he or she wants to achieve; life is fine overall but there is a desire for more fulfillment.
  • Diagnosis is irrelevant. Ideas for desired support are largely generated by the client.
  • Process is very lasered and only focused on the present and future; progress is expected to happen rapidly though a lengthy coaching relationship is possible as long as progress toward the goal(s) is demonstrably occurring.
  • Sessions are usually over the telephone and may be as brief as 30 minutes; hence clients may be worldwide.
  • No attention is paid to the past, early life lessons, or improvement in mental health; client is expected to be mentally healthy and any observations to the contrary necessitate a referral to another mental health professional.
  • Coaching is not a licensed field and is not supported by insurance coverage.