It’s important to understand the difference between therapy and life coaching so you determine the services you need.
Therapy is regulated by licensure and rules. In Texas, this is the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council. I maintain a full Professional Counseling License (LPC) and complete continuing education courses each year. Additionally, I have certifications adding specializations. These certifications are regulated and updated yearly.
Generally, therapy addresses mental health concerns, life changes, and other symptoms that may affect everyday life. Therapy can be past, present, and future-oriented, introspective, and emotion-based.
Therapy sessions are often longer than coaching sessions (45-50 mins). Additionally, the sessions often continue for longer periods of time to address mental health concerns and goals.
When should you seek a therapist?
You are experiencing symptoms affecting your mental health
You are experiencing symptoms affecting your physical health
You are experiencing symptoms affecting your relationship with family/ friends
You are experiencing symptoms affecting your work/ school
You are experiencing suicidal thoughts or self-harm
Coaching, unlike therapy, does not have specific regulations, licensures, or guidelines. Although my therapeutic training and knowledge provides me a unique understanding and perspective, I will not act as a therapist or use specific therapeutic skills during coaching services.
Coaching does not provide mental health care. Coaching is present and future-oriented, focusing on behaviors, goals, and action plans.
Coaching sessions are often shorter than therapy sessions (40-45 mins) and are sometimes purchased in packages (ex: 4 sessions, 6 session, 8 sessions).
When should you seek a life coach?
You are focused on achieving a life/ personal goal
You are working to support a loved one with mental health needs
You are working to support a loved one with physical health needs
You do not have mental health concerns
You have a therapist addressing mental health concerns