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What Will Work Better For Me? Coaching vs Therapy?

A quick guide for selecting the best-fit approach for yourself!

Instead of wasting your time and money on therapies that are not suitable for you, you should invest your time in understanding your needs so that you can select the right approach for yourself.

If you are looking to engage with coaching or therapy but are not sure which one is a better fit for you, this short article will help you to select an approach that will work best for you.

Life coaching is usually confused with therapy in general but in reality, both approaches are very different. Though factors such as the client’s wellbeing and confidentiality are at the core of both the approaches but in terms of scope both cater to different concerns.

Coaching vs Therapy

Coaching models are designed to move people from the “being/ feeling stuck” or “average” zone to “at my highest potential zone”. Whereas, therapy is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. With that being said, both therapies can work side by side if needed.

Time Frame

With its focus on the present, coaching helps with drawing out strategies to improve wellbeing, living conditions, work-life balance, goal attainment, and stress management.

Therapy is focused on deep-rooted issues and trauma from the past that might be affecting the present. In short, therapy, at its core, is working on the psychological problems from their source and doing healing work. And coaching works work with the philosophy of: where are you now, and where do you want to be?


Coaching sessions are usually spread out from 6 to 10 weeks timeframe. Therapy has no set date the sessions can continue for months or years (in some cases), as the goals in therapy have no set date, unlike in coaching.

The coaching process can help you with:

  • Identifying vision.

  • Reviewing goals.

  • Mapping out strategies to achieve your goals.

  • Mindfulness.

When to see a coach?

  • You want to get ‘unstuck’ and set goals you will actually achieve.

  • You want to accelerate your personal or professional growth.

  • You feel like your life is on autopilot, and want to break out of your comfort zone.

  • You want to stop unhelpful habits and replace them with healthy alternatives.

  • You desire a life with purpose and meaning but do not know where to start.

  • You feel confused about the next chapter in your life (i.e. struggling with career decisions, major life choices) and would like guidance on what would best serve you.

  • You know that you have a lot to feel grateful for but something is missing and you need that extra inspiration to piece your puzzle together.

  • You want to un-tap your inner motivation for a major goal, such as running a marathon

  • You want to hold yourself more accountable, whether in your personal or professional life.

Therapy is great for:

  • Cognitive reframing.

  • Healing past traumatic experiences.

  • Resolving relationship issues (through couples counseling).

When to see a therapist?

  • You experience mental health symptoms that cause distress in your life (i.e anxiety, depression, trauma, disordered eating, insomnia)

  • You want to heal from past hurts or trauma.

  • You need support navigating emotions.

  • You struggle with interpersonal relationships and want to learn strategies to feel less impacted by others.

  • You are experiencing relationship issues and could benefit from couples counseling.

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