Therapy vs. Coaching

Is Therapy or Coaching Right for Me?

As a licensed therapist, I have the educational background, training, and experience to provide both psychotherapy and life coaching. If you'd like to know more about the differences and find the best fit for your needs, feel free to reach out to me at

Therapy and coaching are both services which can help you improve your mental health, find solutions to problems, learn coping techniques, and develop skills to improve your relationships and live a happier life. There are some important differences between therapy and coaching to be aware of.

While both life coaching and counseling aim to help individuals in improving their lives, they differ in their focus, approach, scope, client relationship, and credentials. Life coaching is geared towards goal achievement and personal development, while therapy addresses emotional and psychological issues and promotes mental health and well-being.

While there are certifications and training programs for life coaches, the field is generally less regulated than counseling. Coaches typically use a forward-looking, action-oriented approach. They help clients identify their strengths, clarify their values and objectives, create actionable plans, and provide accountability and support to help clients progress toward their goals.

Therapy and coaching can complement each other, with individuals sometimes seeking both forms of support to address different aspects of their lives. However, it's essential to recognize the distinctions between the two and choose the approach that best aligns with your needs and goals.


Therapy typically addresses emotional, psychological, and behavioral issues, aiming to improve mental health and well-being. The primary goal of therapy is often to alleviate distress, resolve internal and interpersonal conflicts, heal past traumas, and improve overall mental and emotional functioning. Therapy engagements may be longer-term than coaching relationships, especially for addressing deep-seated issues or complex mental health conditions.

Psychotherapy is tailored to the individual client, but often centers on:


Life coaching supports clients in making progress across the priority areas of their lives. The aim is to empower clients to realize their full potential, achieve their goals, and create meaningful and fulfilling lives. It's a collaborative process where the coach and client work together to help the client set and achieve specific goals, find solutions to problems, make life changes, improve relationships, enhance career prospects, and generally improveĀ  their overall well-being and fulfillment.

As with psychotherapy, coaching is tailored to the individual client, but often centers on building skills to achieve goals related to: