Please know therapy and life coaching is not the same thing. Coaching is NOT therapy in disguise from an unlicensed practitioner. Additionally, coaches are not to replace the need for therapy. Life coaching is its own separate service designed to help the ambition, high achievers to meet there goals that will bring them success and fulfillment in life, business, relationships, health, and more.
So what do each offer?
LIFE COACH VS. THERAPIST
Therapy, which is also known as counseling or psychotherapy, is the long-term process in which a client will work with a healthcare professional to diagnose and resolve problematic beliefs, behaviors, relationship issues, feelings and sometimes physical responses. Therapy was created to focus on past trauma and issues to change self-destructive habits, repair and improve relationships and work through painful feelings. Essentially, therapy focuses on the past and on introspection and analysis, with the hope of resolving past issues so you can live a more happier, sable future.
Life coaches set clients up with a program that is usually long or short-term, instead of regular sessions, like therapy. In life coaching, a client works with a coach, who is not a healthcare professional, with a goal of clarifying the clients desired outcome while identifying any problem obstacles and behaviors that may be in their way. Once this is established, the coach will create action plans to help the client achieve their desired results. Coaches meet the clients where they are now so they can more forward with action from that point on. A life coach enables their client to take control of their life so they can take action towards their goals.
Here is a great list of the difference between therapist and life coaches from Tony Robbins:
A LIFE COACH WOULD BE ABLE TO OFFER GUIDANCE BY:
Clarifying and achieving personal and professional goals
Creating business plans
Working to improve communication skills
Achieving financial independence and security
Achieving a work/life balance
Starting a new business or growing a current business
A THERAPIST, ON THE OTHER HAND, FOCUSES THEIR CONVERSATION ON WAYS TO:
Recover from past traumas
Explore why past relationships (business or personal) have been destructive
Work through depression or anxiety that affect your ability to function at home or work
Survive a divorce or loss of a loved one