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
|Seen as a patient||Seen as a capable and resourceful human|
|Focuses on treating mental health and dysfunction||Focuses on personal growth, unlocking potential, positive action and achieving objectives|
|Focuses more on the past||Focuses more on the present and future|
|Provides healing of traumatic experiences||Provides insight, accountability, motivation, inspiration and new ideas|
|Focuses more on sharing and experiencing 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|
|Diagnoses and treats mental disorders||Focuses on changing your mindset - does not diagnose mental disorders|
|Results are felt internally||Results are both internal and external|