The Difference

Life Coach Vs Therapist

  • Life coaching and therapy are both based on support, trust and complete confidentiality. They also make equal use of listening skills and non-judgmental attitudes toward the client.
  • Some say that therapy deals with the past and handling emotional pain; whereas, coaching deals more with the near future and devising action plans toward a specific goal.
  • You can’t move toward the future without turning the page on the past. Attaining a life coach is recommended after unresolved matters are settled. Coaching may not be what you need if you have unresolved issues of the past. On the same token, if you need coaching you don’t need to get therapy first.
  • A therapist often seeks insight and understanding of a person’s psyche rather than focusing on strategies and life plans. Coaches encourage and support the client while giving valuable advice to achieve specific life goals.
  • The major difference between a life coach and a therapist is the relationship between the client and the coach. The synergy between the two goes beyond what standard therapy offers. The sessions are not confined to the usual meeting rooms — more and more people contact me by phone, face-to-face calling, e-mail or even meet for a quick snack.