Understanding The Difference Between Life Coaching And Therapy: When To Choose Which

Author: Dawson Skow Life Coaching | | Categories: Career Coaching , Conflict Resolution Coaching , Date Coaching , Interpersonal Communication Coaching , Life Coaching , Marriage Coaching , Master Certified Life Coach , Personal Growth Coaching , Pre-Marital Coaching , Relationship Coaching , Spiritual Coaching


Life coaching and therapy are two distinct disciplines, and it's essential to understand the difference between them. As a Master Certified Life Coach based in College Station, Texas, at Dawson Skow Life Coaching, I work with clients to help them overcome obstacles, set and achieve goals, and live more fulfilling lives. In this blog, we'll explore the key differences between life coaching and therapy and when it's appropriate to choose each one.


1. The goal of life coaching vs. therapy
Life coaching and therapy have different goals. Therapy typically focuses on addressing and healing past traumas. In contrast, life coaching is focused on the present and future, helping clients to set and achieve goals and reach their full potential.

2. The role of the coach vs. the therapist
While both life coaches and therapists provide support and guidance, the role of the coach is more focused on accountability and motivation. A coach helps clients to identify their goals and create a plan to achieve them, while a therapist helps clients to explore and understand their past experiences and emotions.

3. The scope of the coaching vs. therapy
Life coaching tends to focus more on specific areas of life, such as career or relationships, while therapy is often more focused on overall mental health and well-being. Life coaches work with clients to set specific, measurable goals and develop strategies to achieve them. In contrast, therapists work with clients to explore their thoughts and feelings and address any mental health issues they may be facing.

4. When to choose life coaching vs. therapy
If you're looking to achieve a specific goal, such as starting a new business or improving your communication skills, life coaching may be the right choice for you. If you're struggling with mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression, therapy may be a better option. However, it's important to note that life coaches and therapists often work together to help clients achieve their goals and address any underlying issues.


As a Master Certified Life Coach, I have helped countless clients to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. Whether you're looking to start a new business, improve your relationships, or simply live a more fulfilling life, life coaching can provide the support and guidance you need. 

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