What is the difference between a life coach and a therapist?

I wear both hats.  Life coaching is solution-oriented counseling.  It’s short term, with a goal. The goal is to figure out “how,” whatever the how is.  How to launch a business, how to lose weight, how to start an exercise routine, how to make friends, how to find a partner. And it is about understanding what is holding you back from getting to where you want to be.

Therapy is generally more of an existential journey. In therapy, having a narrative about your life, who you are, and how you came to be is a major piece of the work. While insight is essential in both therapy and coaching, therapy delves deep, coaching looks for the solution.

Coaching involves therapy, just as therapy involves coaching. So they complement each other, and the lines between them sometimes blurs. But in the end, they both should lead to a feeling of resolution and a readiness to move on with the next phase of your life.