Therapy is about functioning. Coaching is about flourishing.

What is the difference between therapy and coaching?

Whether you choose a coach, or a therapist depends on where you are in life, emotionally and mentally. The two professions are similar in some ways and different in many.

In the therapy office, I’ve heard clients repeatedly say it best, that they are here “to feel more normal” (whatever normal means to them). So, if you think that way, too, it may be a sign that therapy is an excellent place to start.

Coaching is a service for people that find themselves functioning at an average level day-to-day and are ready to start thriving and living life more intentionally – I like to refer to it as “leveling up”.

Therapy is about treating symptoms of mental health difficulties that affect day-to-day life. Coaching assists in achieving personal or professional goals and can be tremendously helpful in providing a path to success. Both coaches and therapists focus on creating long-term behavior changes.

If you are unsure or would like to chat about coaching as an option,

Coaching is an ideal service for people that

Have tried self-help books, podcasts, or therapy in the past.

Believe in their ability to grow and change; change comes from within.
Have the financial means to invest in themselves without affecting funds for life’s necessities.
Identify their current struggles to be due to current circumstances, not a mental health diagnosis.

Coaching is NOT:

  • A service that medical insurance will cover (as of yet)
  • A service that explores history and trauma
  • A passive activity like reading a book for answers or listening in a class

Therapy is an ideal service for people that are:

Learning to manage a mental health disorder they are diagnosed with.
Struggling to consistently complete activities of daily living (i.e., getting out of bed, going to work, taking care of self, maintaining healthy relationships).
Relying on their medical insurance to cover the cost of treatment.
Working to heal from past trauma(s).

Which do you think is best for you today?

Take a look at the diagram below and follow the path answering the questions as you progress. Still unsure? Contact me, and let’s discuss your personal or professional goals and how coaching or therapy can serve you best

Our first meeting will be a consultation in which I assess your appropriateness of fit for coaching services. If therapy is assessed to be a better fit for you at this present time, I will provide referrals.