Life Coaching vs Therapy

What’s the difference?

What is life coaching?

Life coaching vs therapy is a common question. Coaching is ultimately about helping you to reach your potential and live a full and wholehearted life in the way that you choose to. It’s about giving you more options – and the self belief and motivation to go after them. At Shore Coaching I use a form of life coaching that works with one of the most powerful internal resources that all of us have to make this happen: resilience.

A lot of people think coaching is about giving advice but that’s not the case. This is a process where the flow of information is client to coach and not the other way around. Coaches listen actively, reflect back, ask relevant or powerful questions and provide the encouragement that might be necessary to take next steps. This is what a life coach can offer:

  • Guidance. Life coaching helps you to start thinking outside the box and find new ways to achieve what you want.
  • Empowerment. Working with a resilience coach you’ll build up your self worth, self belief, confidence and willingness to take risks.
  • Growth. Resilience coaching supports you in leaving behind what has held you back and moving towards what makes you feel happy fulfilled and excited.
  • Accountability. A regular check in will keep you on track and ensure you get the most from the coaching process.
  • Challenge. Working with a coach means having someone who can challenge you at just the right level, helping you to free yourself from negative narratives and limiting beliefs that have become habitual.

Are you ready to make a change?

What’s the difference between life coaching vs therapy or counselling?

There is a common misconception that a life coach will be much like a therapist but the reality is that the two are quite different. So, what can you expect from life coaching vs therapy?

  • Therapy or counselling are almost exclusively backward looking and will focus on exploring events in your past. These events – or the residual feelings they created – can often come up in life coaching but the coach will help you to focus on how they resonate for you now and what needs to change to move forward.
  • Life coaching is a structured process over 6-9 sessions whereas therapy or counselling tend to be open-ended and for a much longer period of time.
  • Coaching is a very practical process – self-discovery and insight are used to identify goals and set practical steps to reach them. Therapy or counselling tend to focus more on mental health and may involve diagnosis.
  • Therapy or counselling will usually have a focus on healing. Life coaching is focused on empowering.

If you’d like to know more about life coaching vs therapy get in touch.