Many people are confused as to the differences between Life Coaching and Therapy.
Life coaching is truly its own unique service designed to help ambitious achievers meet the outcomes that will bring them success and fulfilment in any and all areas of life.
Therapy also known as counselling or psychotherapy, is a long-term process in which a client works with a healthcare professional to resolve problematic beliefs, behaviours, relationship issues, feelings and sometimes physical responses. Therapy focuses on past traumas and emotional injury to help change self-destructive habits, repair and improve relationships and work through painful feelings. In this sense, therapy focuses on the past, with the aim of resolving past issues and building a new future free of old habits, behaviours and limiting beliefs.
In life coaching, a client works with a coach who is not normally a healthcare professional (luckily for you I am both) to clarify goals, identify obstacles and explore problematic behaviours in order to create action plans and achieve desired results.
The main way that “life coach vs. therapist” works is that the life coach takes the client’s current starting point an an acceptable neutral ground and is more action focused from that point onward. A life coach enables the person receiving the treatment to take control and take action to steer towards their goals.
Whereas therapy provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk to a trained professional about your issues and concerns. Your therapist will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding and relationship with yourself and those around you.