Which is right for me?
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.
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
|Has its basis in personal growth and development||Has its basis in medical and clinical settings|
|Focuses on unlocking potential, positive action and achieving life objectives||Focuses on treating mental health conditions, trauma and dysfunction|
|Focuses more on the future and objectives||Focuses more on the past and present|
|Provides insight, accountability, motivation, action plans and new ideas||Provides emotional and psychological healing and support|
|Changes beliefs for the purpose of achieving life objectives||Changes beliefs and perspectives for the purpose of psychological treatment|
|Tends to have longer sessions and can include contact between sessions||Tends to be more time-limited and boundaried|
|Results are both internal and external||Results are felt internally|
|Has therapeutic potential but is not a replacement for therapy||Has potential for personal growth but is not the best tool for life objectives|