Should you see a Life Coach or a therapist? There are so many options for help these days; it can be very confusing to know who to see about what. The choice between a life coach and a therapist is sometimes hard to make. Here are some considerations to help you in your decision making.
One of the most important things to know is that a therapist (psychologists, social workers, marriage and family counselors, etc.) does life coaching in addition to therapy, whereas a life coach cannot and should not attempt to do therapy.
A therapist is licensed where as a life coach is not. Anyone can call themselves a life coach with little or no training. Anyone can become a life coach, there are no prerequisites like a college degree. It is against the law in most states to call yourself a psychologist if you have not gone through stringent education, training, supervision and passed a State test.
Whether to see a life coach or a therapist also depends on your general mental state. If you are depressed, highly anxious, have an addictions problem, phobias or are suffering from symptoms related to post traumatic stress, you would be wise to be working with a mental health expert.
Life coaches tend to work with healthy people on issues like clarifying life goals, figuring out if they should change jobs or move to a different location. C;ients may be looking for help in managing their time or becoming better organized. The approach is focused on the present and tends to be practical. In fact, you might think of life coaching as practical problem solving and therapy as emotional problem solving.
So the next time you are thinking you might want some professional help, base your choice on your emotional state and what you are trying to accomplish. Then, you can choose a life coach or therapist.