Difference between a Coach and a Therapist

Uncategorized Mar 10, 2020

Many lines can be blurred when you think of a life coach and a therapist, so today I'd like to take a moment to make things crystal clear for you.  

Even though both can help us achieve mental clarity, inner-peace and harmony within, both serve in different ways and one does not replace the other. 

Here are the best ways to distinguish the difference. 

#1 Therapy is a medical treatment to relieve or heal a mental or physical disorder. A coach cannot diagnose or cure any disorder or disease.

The person who is a therapist must be licensed within the field of treatment. Currently, there is no regulation for coaches, but clients doing their due-diligence can be more secure in their choice by choosing a coach that has received extensive training from a certification program.

Clients or patients should feel empowered to ask the medical professional or coach where they received their training and their specialty.

#2 Therapists analyze their client’s past as a tool for understanding present behaviors, whereas coaches focus on the present moment in order to create the how-to for next steps in their life to achieve their goals for the future. 

#3 Someone will seek out a life coach when they want to problem-solve and overcome obstacles that are in the way of achieving success in their life.  

#4 Therapists focus on past trauma recovery, exploring the why of the past, the healing or management of disorders and disease, and the healing process for depression or anxiety.

#5 Coaching truly focuses on allowing the client to achieve their heart's desire, life, soul and business planning, health goals, work/life balance, starting a new life venture, starting a new business, accountability, overcoming obstacles and setbacks.

While it's easy to see how there can be cross-over in these two fields, they are very different and it's important on your journey to look to the proper professional expert when wanting guidance in your life.  Coaching and therapy can work together, and one can lead to the other easily.  While coaching, your coach may recommend therapy and a great therapist will recommend a life coach when you're ready for those next steps in your life. Coaching and Therapy do not have to be exclusive and sometimes are a perfect combination to work simultaneously.  It just depends on your specific needs.

"Life coaching isn’t simply a watered-down version of therapy. It is a dynamic discipline designed to help motivate and inspire people to achieve more than they believe is possible." - Tony Robbins

If you would like more information about becoming a coach please go to www.sovereign.school for more information.

If you'd like to be placed with a life, business, intuitive soul or health coach please email [email protected] so we can set you up with a free consult. 


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