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  Life Coaching & Mental Training  

Coaching vs. Therapy

People get confused thinking coaching is the same as therapy. NOT SO!!! There are significant differences between coaching and therapy. There are situations where therapy is needed such as emotional trauma or other psychological issues. Once the therapist helped you resolve those issues you might have a clear head and feel emotionally better, but where do you go from there??? This is where coaching helps guide your life in the positive direction of change that you are seeking. Your coach will work together with the client to help them achieve their goals.

Here are the differences between coaching and therapy...


Focuses on the present and the future

Coach will provide information and support, but the client does the work (client is held accountable)

Client is emotionally and psychologically healthy

Driven by goals and taking action

Works toward a higher level of functioning

Results-based and focuses on exploring solutions

Asks, “Where would you like to be and how can you get there?”

Takes in information and acts on it

Conducted over the phone, on the internet, or in person

Coach and client collaborate together on solutions

Contact between sessions is expected (accountability and wins)


Focuses on the past and how you got to this point

Client expects therapist to solve their problems (which will never happen)

Client is emotionally unwell and needs healing

Driven by unresolved issues and feelings

Works to achieve understanding and emotional healing

Explores the root of problems and offers explanation

Asks, “How did that make you feel?”

Only takes in information

Conducted in an office setting

Therapist is the ‘expert’

Only contact between sessions is for crisis and difficulties only