In this FAQ, you’ll learn what Energy Coaching is, why it is more effective long term for the client from other coaching methods, and how it differs from similar professions: traditional consulting and psychotherapy.

What is “Coaching”?

In a regular coaching session, the Professional Performance Coach works with you in identifying, clarifying, and achieving your personal and business goals and aspirations, and assists you through addition of resources, in achieving them. The average trained coach has a good variety of tools to help you in this regard and coaching works rather well as an intermediate helping solution between the need for psychotherapy and some more advanced form of support.

The “coach approach” is focused upon supportive and challenging inquiry rather than providing a ready-made behavioral model as therapy does. In coaching, you can create your own solutions to issues and design your work and personal life in the way that fits best for you.

This all works well until a serious blockage is found, or a part of the client’s internal self for some reason doesn’t want to achieve the goal the client stated. When such a blockage is found, it is typical practice for coaches to refer the client for psychotherapy.

Why Coaching Clients Don’t Need Therapy:

The typical high achieving coaching client does not in most instances need psychotherapy, but a way to work past their blockage in the swiftest way possible while integrating the lessons to broaden their own problem-solving toolkit.

Enter Energy Coaching, which uses the biological energy inside the client’s own body – the same energy that runs in acupuncture points and meridians – to solve problems. Clients can quickly be coached to contour this energy to easily leap over blockages once thought impossible to surmount.

In Energy Coaching, we tap, rub or hold acupoints on the body, or use a sequence of mental maneuvers or changing physical positions – numerous tools exist – to change the fabric of reality, erase and/or change history, create the future in the present and dissolove blockages of any kind. The bonus is, the more someone works with the energy in their body, the more present they become and the more awareness pervades their every activity. In a state of full consciousness, most “problems” dissolve, and the things the client longed for, much more easily and immediately flow to them.

Direct Benefits of Energy Coaching to the Client:

  • With easy, enjoyable and self-supportive practices you, as an Energy Coaching client, will automatically make better decisions than when you were going through life with less awareness. Plus which, you’ll have far more resources to hand to solve the few remaining problems that arise so confusion, bewilderment and frustration become a thing of the past.
  • If you’re on a spiritual path, you’ll find goals you might have on that path are coming faster and with far greater ease than before, and the insights and deepening in your life will naturally follow.
  • When you practice the simple tenets of the AM and PM Energy Hygiene routines you’ll learn, you’ll also greatly enhance your immunity and will experience sickness less often.
  • Incorporating the life strategies of Energy Coaching into your daily life, you’ll be happier, healthier and your creative projects will be propelled like a rocket launcher. Those who are selling something find sales increase. Parents find their communication with children becomes easy and fun. Relationships sweeten, deepen and go  to the next level.
  • In addition, the more you practice routines like EFT or ETHOS you will naturally evolve your own energy field so that it starts evolving those you meet. In plainer terms, your good influence will “rub off” and people will feel naturally attracted to you. A bonus, for those in service professions.

How is Energy Coaching different from consulting or therapy?

Consulting, coaching, and psychotherapy share a lot of common ground. All three focus on helping people make changes and accomplish goals that really matter to them. Energy Coaching in addition provides both client and coach with extraordinarily effective tools for permanent change.

There can be a fair amount of crossover between the three. There are consultants and therapists who use coaching skills and strategies as a basic part of their practice. There are coaches (particularly Energy Coaches) who have backgrounds as consultants or therapists who integrate those skills into their coaching. However, there is a different feel and focus to each of these three disciplines. They are different ways of working, and each has its own special value.

Caveat: Consulting, coaching, and psychotherapy, when they are at their best, are complex, challenging endeavors, with a depth and richness that matches the depth and richness of the human experience. As there are a wide range of practices in all three fields, what follows are generalizations which are intended to be indicative rather than definitive.

* Where explanation of terms or concepts are needed,
they will be found in the “Energy Coaching” column





Clients have a problem that requires specialized expertise of the consultant to solve. Clients are not looking to grow their own set of skills, rather, they wish to rely upon the consultant to leverage their own know-how.

Hiring a Consultant is a way to get a concrete job done.

Clients are well functioning to very high functioning. They need help navigating personal blockages, strategizing, brainstorming, generating options, formulating plans, adding resources and other personal performance/ future-creation oriented items.

Clients may be working at the organizational level, doing strategic planning or in leadership – Energy Coaching clients come from all walks and stages of life, engaged in all kinds of pursuits.

Energy Coaching is a way to super- fulfillment of the client’s main goals and dreams in life.

Clients are minimal, low or only partially functional in one or more areas of their life, depending on level of dysfunction. Life is not working for them – personal failures and/or emotional pain bring them into therapy.

Therapy is a way for clients to find their way back to themselves and regain happiness in their life.

Focus is on problem-solving, action plans, strategies, and accomplishing specific, significant goals.

Focus is on learning through the partnership between self-discovery and sustainable action, on the client creating a fulfilling life and empowering the client to do so through the various EnergyWork modalities best suited to the client’s particular situation.

Past emotional situations are visited and cleared only as they relate to a client’s difficulty in catalyzing appropriate action in the present, or future.

Focus is often on understanding patterns of feeling and behavior, reliving childhood experiences, releasing feelings associated with past trauma, abuse, or loss.

Focus is on the expertise of the consultant as problem-solver. The consultant can make the difference between success and failure by filling a gap the client has in knowledge, skills, or experience.

Focus is on the inner guidance of the client and the process of self-discovery as guided by the coach. The coach has the questions, the client discovers the answers. The coach coaches the client in how to apply Energy changework  modalities as and when necessary to power through blockages and set the future in place.

The coach is seen as a co-active partner in the fully empowered client’s life.

Focus is on the guidance and modeling of the therapist, until the client is ready to guide her own life. The therapist is often seen as an authority figure with superior behavioral style and moral imperative.

Solving present day problems in service of achieving desired goals for the future. Providing teaching and mentoring to develop abilities and expertise.

Providing project planning, tools and services checklists, outsourcing references, quality assurance and occasionally management of main project and/or sub-projects.

Future-oriented in service of making the present come alive and provide true meaning in the client’s life. The well-functioning client frees them self from blockages of the past, as guided by the coach with emphasis on out-of-session homework.

Occasionally personal issues present as blocks in the coaching process and are dealt with by the client inline, sometimes (but not always) in the coaching session,  expertly guided by the coach.

Problem solving surrounds the client’s biggest dreams and deepest desires, removing any obstacles, and making those dreams start coming true in the present.

Most but not all therapy tends to be past-oriented, in service of freeing the client from the past—so she can choose new possibilities in the future.

Most but not all therapy tends to focus on slow but steady progress over time, not going too fast and leaving plenty of time for reflection and internal processing, which is done in-session.

Future-based goals are paced very loosely, with plenty of time allowed for the client to get used to the changes

Transference is not encouraged or used.

Transference occurs when the client abdicates power to the practitioner, and views the practitioner in a parental or authoritarian role.

In Energy Coaching, Transference is actively prevented by the full empowerment of the client – both in session and in their everyday life.

Transference is often encouraged, and the skilled use of transference is considered a valid therapeutic strategy.

Consultants sometimes ask why.

Coaches only occasionally ask why. Energy Coaches rarely ask why if at all.

“Why” questions tend not to lead to meaningful change, but justification and dissolution of focus.

Therapists often ask why.

Generally focuses on the specific project.

Focuses on the client’s whole life.

Focuses on the client’s whole life, or on one specific maladaptive portion.

Clients are engaged in solving important problems, carrying out long-term strategic plans, building a career, an organization, or a movement.

Challenges surround areas of expertise outside the organizational or personal level. Depending on the nature of the problem, security may be required. Consulting may last from three days to multiple years, depending on the project.

Clients are engaging with meaningful challenges in creating the life they most want to be living. They are turning their dreams into action. They are having bigger and bigger impact in the world.

Energy Coaching can last only a single session, though a more concentrated change work period of six months to a year or longer is optimal, depending on client need.

Many clients find Energy Coaching to be such a wonderfully supportive service they engage an Energy Coach on a more-or-less permanent basis, while some rotate in and out of Coaching as needed.

Clients often are dealing with serious and complex personal issues. They are dealing with serious pain and suffering. They are getting their lives together so they can then go after their dreams.

Therapy can go on for years or be brief and focused solely upon one issue. In a therapy year, the client may focus only on one portion of their life in order to get past a significant trauma. Important problems get solved, with emphasis on building a more confident, competent personality.

Consultants may do specific pieces of work for the client, or produce specific products.

The client does their own work from the very beginning. The focus is on the client taking their own action and being 100% responsible.

With Energy changework modalities, the client both erases the damages of the past as well as becomes increasingly more present, more resourceful, and completely empowered to handle whatever life throws at them.

Starting out with tiny steps, the client progressively does more and more of the work as therapy progresses.

Focuses on finding the right plan of action as quickly and directly as possible. Failure is considered a business and moral deficit.

Has an experimental spirit. Welcomes failures, and honors how the right kind of failing can be the key to success.

“There is no failure, only feedback” When we redefine failure as simply more data towards the right answer, guilt and shame at failure don’t have a chance to enter the picture. The client is automatically more successful and finds the right answers much more quickly.

Focuses on getting to understanding and empowerment as soon as possible in order to help the client move out of distress.

Generally seeks to minimize resistance or find a path around it, in order to keep the focus on getting to the goal that’s been agreed upon.

Welcomes resistance as a rich, juicy place for learning, and as an important, often necessary, stage in moving forward.

Energy modification techniques are uniquely formulated to deal with internal resistance. Hence, Energy Coaching views resistance as transformative, and with application of the techniques, short-lived.

Sometimes welcomes resistance as productive and transformative. Sometimes views resistance as a problem, as something getting in the way and something to get rid of.

Is generally business-like in spirit and approach.

Has a playful, creative spirit of discovery even when it’s being quite serious about tough issues.

Is generally serious in spirit and approach in line with how serious the client’s issues are.

Consultants refer people to coaches or therapists as needed. They provide neither of these additional services.

Energy Coaches refer clients to consultants or therapists as needed. Coaches do not provide therapy unless licensed to do so, and then only separately.  Under certain circumstances, Energy Coaches may act in a consulting capacity.

Therapists refer people to consultants and coaches as needed, and know the dividing line between therapy and coaching.

While some may also advertise themselves as coaches, therapists never coach without additional training and then only as a separate service.

Consulting can be a blessing.

Energy Coaching can be a blessing.

Therapy can be a blessing.


I am grateful to Rich Snowdon for some of the descriptions of coaching services and professional distinctions included above. This document is used here by his kind permission, and has been edited significantly by myself.

And I am in turn grateful to my mentor and teacher Maryam Webster for this comprehensive FAQ.

Marina Grgic