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The Difference Between Therapy And Coaching

So what is the difference between therapy and coaching? Therapy focuses more on mental health and emotional healing. Therapy also tends to focus on healing from the past. It is generally more long term work in which a client collaborates with a healthcare professional to diagnose and resolve problematic beliefs and behaviors. Therapy focuses on the "why" certain behaviors occur and the "what" happened to you. The idea is to analyze past experiences with the hope of creating a happier future.

Coaching is specific and goal oriented. Coaching is focused more so towards achieving future goals. This process could be long or short term. Coaching looks at the client's current starting point and is more action-based from that point onward. In coaching there isn't a diagnosis or clinical treatment. Coaching focuses on the "how" to work toward a goal.

Resilience coaching and therapy occasionally overlap in some areas. Both services work to enable clients to make positive changes in their lives.


This decision is a personal one and depends on your needs. Sometimes in order to move forward in life it takes exploring situations from the past that have impacted present beliefs and behaviors. The past for some could be a few months or years ago and for others it could be experiences as far back as childhood.

Other times you could be at stable level of good emotional wellbeing, but you just need guidance and strategy on how to overcome a challenge. 

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