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5 Differences between Life Coaching and Theraphy

May 7, 2019

There is a common misconception that life coaching and therapy are exactly the same thing. However, if you look below the surface at how both operate, their aims and objectives, and their end goals you will see that the two things couldn’t be more different.

As one of the UK’s top Life Coaches, I know a thing or two when it comes to the art.

Today, I’m sharing 5 key differences between life coaching and therapy.
  1. Focuses on the ‘now’ – the major focus of therapy is about making sense of and coming to terms with the past. Meanwhile, coaching focuses on the present day – what changes you can do to make your life better now and in the future.
  2. End goal – with therapy there is no foreseeable end – it depends solely on your ability to move on and get past your issues. But with coaching, the aim is to provide a path for you to reach your goals and improve your life as quickly as possible – in other words, tangible and achievable progress.
  3. Homework – unlike therapy, there is often extra reading, exercises and other tool guides that come with coaching to help you reach your goals. It’s about improving yourself and changing for the better – and coaches utilise many mediums to help you achieve it.
  4. Tools and techniques – therapy focuses more on acceptance and relief. Coaching is much more proactive, giving you the tools and techniques to help take control of your life and move forward.
  5. Holistic approach – where therapy tends to only focus on one specific memory or event, coaching focuses on making the present perfect through a holistic approach to wealth, health and relationships. These three pillars of life are what can make or break you – so it’s important that you get them right!

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