Most people, myself once included, question the difference between a psychotherapist and a life coach. Given the situation, each profession can benefit you.
A psychotherapist works within a medical setting to restore or improve a patient’s mental health and typically:
Focuses on past issues, trauma, or crisis (like the death of a loved one, a heart-wrenching breakup, or a job loss)
Helps the patient accept/let go of the past and achieve emotional balance
Provides general solutions
Meets with patients in person
A life coach works outside of a medical setting to support a client’s personal development and forward movement while:
Focusing on a client’s present situation and defining future goals (What do you want?)
Asking thought-provoking questions to improve awareness and identify (What does that mean to or for you?)
Collaborating with the client to create personalized action plans to achieve desired goals (What are you willing to work for/change?)
Celebrating a client’s strengths, successes, and achievements (What are you grateful for?)
Meeting with clients in person, on phone, or via Skype (or other mutual video chat application)
If you’re still unsure how coaches differ from psychotherapists, contact me for a complimentary thirty minute meeting.
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Stay tuned to upcoming blog to learn how clients have benefitted from life coaching.
Are you ready to move forward with confidence and courage and live a purpose-filled life?