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How is a Life Coach Different than a Therapist?

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.   

Comment here to let me know what questions you have.  

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?

Who Needs a Life Coach?

Quite simply, everyone can benefit from working with a Certified Life Coach, at least once in their lifetime. In fact, imagine having had a Life Coach paired with your high school guidance counselor...

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  • If you feel confused or overwhelmed, I will help you clarify what’s important to YOU and focus on your priorities.
  • If you feel stuck (in a relationship, job, or negative state of mind), I will help YOU identify your strengths, what may be holding you back, increase your confidence, identify options, and motivate you to move toward where you really want to be.
  • If you're happy, YOU can check in with me to validate your goals, manage your action plan, or just celebrate your success!
  • If you just want someone to listen to YOU and support your dreams rather than having someone tell you what you should do, there are no shoulds!. There’s only what YOU want and I will help you discover, create, and thrive in the life YOU want!