LIFE COACHING OR THERAPY WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Someone asked me the difference between life coaching and therapy, so I wanted to try to give it more clarity.
I have been in private practice as a licensed clinical social work for nine years. Over the years, I began to not only use a personal coach, but also began learning to be a coach.
A coach works in the present, usually on external issues and sessions look to the future. It is collaborative (you and the coach work together) and it is goal-oriented.
Coaching is not billed to insurance, there is no diagnosis-designed treatment plan and no signed commitments. It is action-oriented, solution-oriented and goal-oriented.
A coach might ask, “What is next for you?” always moving forward.
A therapist works in the past and present, and usually on internal issues. A therapist learns about your past and gathers a history.
A coach uses a discovery session where they get to know you better, learn what you hope to gain from coaching and what your goals are.
Things I do:
I do combine some aspects of life coaching into my therapy sessions.
I also verbalize that I take confidentiality very seriously, however in instances of suicidal ideation, abuse, neglect or other issues as defined by the law requires, confidentially will be broken as I am a mandatory reporter.