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What’s the Big Dif? Therapist vs Life Coach.


This is a question that gets asked a lot. What is the difference between a Therapist and a Life Coach?


At first glance, they may seem the same, but they play very different roles in your life. While there is some overlap between the two professions, there are also some crucial differences between a life coach and a therapist.


It's essential to understand the differences so you choose the proper professional to meet your needs and understand the differences so you can set expectations.


Firstly, therapists are licensed mental health professionals who are trained to diagnose and treat mental health disorders. They often use evidence-based approaches to help clients manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health conditions. Therapy is typically focused on addressing past experiences and exploring how they may be impacting current behaviours and emotions.


Life coaches, on the other hand, are not licensed mental health professionals and do not provide therapy or diagnosis. Instead, they help clients identify and work towards specific goals related to personal or professional development. Life coaching is often focused on the present and future rather than the past and is designed to help clients create actionable plans to achieve their goals and recognize patterns of behaviour.


While therapy and life coaching have different goals and approaches, they can both be valuable resources for individuals seeking support and guidance. It's important to choose the right type of professional based on your specific needs and goals. For example, if you are struggling with a mental health condition, it may be best to seek the services of a licensed therapist. On the other hand, if you are looking to make changes in your personal or professional life, a life coach may be a good fit.

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