What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?

Coaching and therapy both create a healing relationship between the coach or therapist and client which becomes an agent for change. Coaches and therapists are trained in understanding human behavior and motivation. Both help clients set and achieve goals.

However, the fundamental difference is that coaching is primarily present and future focused, whereas therapy dives deeper into the past. Coaching helps mentally well people function at a higher level.

Which is more appropriate for me?

Are you stuck in a certain area of your life? If so, coaching is a more appropriate option for you. Contrarily, if you suffer from a mental illness that is impeding your overall wellbeing, therapy might be a better choice. Often, clients see a therapist first to resolve past issues, then a coach to solve a problematic area in their lives.