Which is right for me?
Life coaching and therapy are both wonderful tools for personal development.
While there may be some overlap between the two, in that they help you understand yourself better, and both have therapeutic potential, they do differ in both their focus and their approach.
Of course, not all therapists are the same, and neither are all life coaches. Ultimately, the success of a modality will come down to the skill, dedication and care of the practitioner.
If you would like to take your life to the next level and make positive changes, then life coaching is for you.
If however you believe you are suffering from psychological disorders or very poor mental health, you should speak to your GP as soon as possible.
The Key Differences
|Treated as a patient||Treated as a capable and resourceful human|
|Focuses more on the past||Focuses more on the present and future|
|Can be more clinical, medical and boundaried||Can be more warm, personal and holistic|
|Focuses on improving mental health and dysfunction||Focuses on positive action, growth, unlocking potential and achieving goals|
|Provides insight and healing of traumatic experiences||Provides insight, accountability, motivation, inspiration; can decrease stress and improve self-esteem|
|Focus is more on sharing and experiencing suppressed feelings||Focuses more on challenging your beliefs and perspectives and creating action plans|
|Tends to be more time-limited||Tends to have longer sessions and can include more regular contact including regular check-ins|
|Uses labels for certain types of dysfunctional behaviour||Removes labels to reclaim core identity and enable further growth|
|Results can be felt more internally||Results are both internal and external|