Life Coach or Therapist: Which Is For You?

Over the years, you may have heard the term ‘life coach’ and ‘therapist’ used interchangeably. There are actually significant differences between the two. But, how do you know which route is the right one for you?

Read on as we take a look at the major differences between a life coach and a therapist.

Focusing on the past or the future

One of the differences between a life coach and a therapist is that therapists tend to focus on the past. They will walk their patients through their previous relationships in order to help them work through leftover painful feelings.

Life coaches work with their clients to evaluate their goals and to help them set their sights on where they could be in the future. Life coaches look at their starting point and make a plan on how to move forward.

Long-term versus short-term

Many times, working with a therapist is a long-term relationship. This way, they can spend time with the person and slowly work with them to identify and change self-destructive habits. They’re also able to help their patients identify their problematic beliefs.

Life coaches can work with their clients in the short-term or long-term. This really depends on how long it takes in order to clarify their clients’ goals and to change the problematic behaviors that have been identified.

Healthcare professional versus not a healthcare professional

It should be noted that therapists are healthcare professionals that diagnose their patients. Life coaches are not healthcare professionals but are rather focused on clients who they can help work through problematic behaviors in order to achieve certain goals.

If you aren’t sure which one is for you, let’s chat! I can help you decide if life coaching is the right route for you to go. Contact me today at