Which is right for me?
Please note: This information is not intended as medical advice and is provided in good faith by Nick Hatter Ltd. If you are suffering from psychological disorders or are experiencing a mental health crisis, you should speak to a doctor as soon as possible.
Life coaching and therapy are both wonderful tools for personal development. But like every tool, there are benefits as well as limitations.
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.
The Key Differences
|Has its basis in personal growth and development||Has its basis in medical and clinical settings|
|Focuses on unlocking potential, positive action, achieving life objectives, improving life satisfaction||Focuses on treating mental health conditions, trauma and dysfunction|
|Focuses more on the present, future and objectives||Focuses more on the past and present|
|Provides deep insight, accountability, motivation, action plans, new ideas and moral support||Provides psychological treatment and support|
|Changes beliefs for the purpose of achieving goals, improving general well-being, performance, productivity and confidence||Changes beliefs and perspectives for the purpose of mental health treatment|
|Tends to have longer sessions and can include contact between sessions||Tends to be more time-limited and much more boundaried|
|Results can be both internal and external (addresses both mind and external world)||Results are typically felt internally (addresses mental health)|
|Has lots of therapeutic potential, can achieve results quickly, though may be unsuitable for highly dysfunctional clients||Has potential for personal growth but can take a long time to achieve results|