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For the last 15 years, I have worked with various teachers to learn more about myself, and to see things that would be impossible to see on my own. My teachers have had backgrounds in Buddhism, ontoanalysis, transpersonal psychology, spiritual psychology, yogic intimacy and evolutionary relationships. I have a wealth of knowledge from my lived experience as a wife, mother, divorcee, and survivor of childhood sexual and emotional trauma.
This is a very good question because there can be a lot of cross over between therapy and coaching!
While it's true therapists are qualified to treat mental health conditions, they often also know how to help you clarify your life goals and overcome obstacles to achieving them, so both are good options.
This can make it confusing when you compare therapy with coaching. They use different methods but cover similar ground, and the process for clients can often look the same.
The first difference between coaching and therapy is that therapy is a licensed activity that can treat a mental health diagnosis and aims to return a patient to health. Therapy is all about the MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS.
Meanwhile, most life and trauma coaches are not concerned with the diagnosis or treatment of medical problems. Instead, the focus of coaching is to help you achieve an outcome that will improve your life satisfaction and happiness.
In highly simplistic terms, the focus of therapy is to clinically treat a diagnosis and the focus of coaching is to achieve goals.
Keep reading to learn more about each and how to decide for yourself what is best.
Coaching may be the best choice for you if you are not interested in receiving medical treatment for a specific diagnosis, or you've already been in treatment and have become stabilized to the point you are ready to return to normal life.
People often move on to coaching after they've been in talk therapy for a while. For these people, they feel the therapy has provided them a level of emotional and mental stability that they can resume their normal activities and are looking to continue their personal growth by setting and achieving new goals.
Hiring a coach may be the right choice for you if you're not looking for a treatment plan, but rather for help with achieving new skills, behaviors, habits, and goals. Life coaches are focused on helping their clients achieve greater happiness in life by removing the barriers and obstacles in their way, be it mindset, lifestyle habits, relationship issues, or something else.
Coaching might be the best choice for you if you feel confident vetting and choosing a coach with the education and experience commensurate with what you are looking to achieve. For example, if you are wanting to grow a business and you're hiring a business coach, you need to feel confident that any coach you hire has, in fact, successfully grown their own business and helped others do the same.
Finally, the last reason coaching may be the right choice for you is if you feel tired of talking about your problems and want to move on to solutions and action-based approaches that will get you out of your own way to achieving success.
As previously discussed, most health insurances plans cover talk therapy, but will not cover personal development coaching. According to a 2019 study, the average cost of psychotherapy in the U.S. ranges from $100 to $200 per session (depending on the state). That does not take insurance into account, so depending on your insurance coverage, you may pay only a small portion of what a session truly costs (while paying for it in your monthly insurance costs). Other may pay the entire bill if it is not covered by your health insurance plan. Meanwhile, the cost of coaches varies widely, but according to one study, the typical range for personal life coaching is from $75 to $300 per hour, and many life coaches provide discounts for a package of several sessions.
Your decision to work with a therapist versus a coach is a personal one and you must trust yourself to make the right choice.
Decision factors to consider are time, cost, and goals. Many people spend years in talk therapy and it becomes a form of aimless venting. For others, it can be a short and powerful time in your life to heal and grow. If budget is a concern, you will want to check what your health insurance plan will cover and if you can find a therapist who meets your criteria, or you can look into hiring a life coach for a few focused sessions to move you forward. If your goal is to get out of a crisis, stabilize yourself clinically, and get onto a treatment plan, therapy is probably the best choice. But if you are struggling with stagnation, goal achievement, and overall happiness, life coaching may be the quickest way to resolve those problems.
Ultimately, therapy and life coaching are intertwined—two strands of the same braid of self-discovery, healing, and personal development. Trust yourself to make an informed decision, and you can't go wrong!
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