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Therapy or Coaching? 3 Questions You Must Ask

Updated: Mar 29, 2021

Ever wonder what the difference is between therapy and coaching?

Are they the same? If not, how are they different?

Today, I had the pleasure of sharing a zoom call with Allison Borstad, therapist, coach, and yoga teacher. We discussed the differences between therapy and coaching.

First, let me start off by saying that everyone can benefit from both therapy and coaching. If you'd like to learn a bit more about why you do the things you do, then I think you should pursue therapy. It is a great way to learn more about yourself and heal in a safe, loving enviornment. I know that if I hadn't sought therapy years ago, that I would not be in a place to provide coaching like I do. It helped me so much. . . I would say it was priceless.

Coaching has less red tape. It is not regulated like therapy is so there is less wiggle room. Typically therapists won't give advice, but they will help you ponder some options. Therapy has a more "past" focus, so you will revisit some things you might like to avoid. But, I always say that sometimes we need to look in the rear view mirror to move forward. That was the case for me. I needed to understand things in my life so that I could heal and accept the past for what it was. Once I had done that work, I was able to move forward into having a coach.

The coaches I have worked with help me strategize my business. They give advice on things they've seen work in their own lives and businesses and I chose to either take it or leave it. Coaching has a more forward focus, which I love. I get to dream about what my future looks like and take steps toward getting there.

If you are struggling in a relationship, with people pleasing behaviors, or with loving yourself, I will always ask about therapy. If you are struggling, I will suggest therapy as a starting position and once stable, move into coaching. If you are in a stable position (functioning, but maybe not loving life) coaching can be the tool that propels you out of a funk and into a place you love. You can even do both at the same time.

Both therapy and coaching can be an investment. So, take some time and answer these questions:

  1. What is my current situation/relationship/daily life like?

  2. What do I want it to look like?

  3. What will it look like in another year if I do nothing?

If you've answered the first two questions and they are not the same, then I ask: Why not invest in yourself? When was the last time you invested in yourself? We are so quick to pay for the kids' sports, the lattes and the toys. What about your mental health?

What about living a life you are happy to wake up to everyday? We all deserve that.

When we invest in ourselves through therapy and/or coaching, we are filling our cups and becoming the best and most fulfilled version of ourselves. When we do this, we are the best mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends we can be. Naturally, this goodness overflows into our relationships with others so that we become a light for everyone we love.

Don't you want to be a light for the people you love? I sure do.


If you are interested in coaching, book a no-obligation 30 minute call with me. I'd love to see how I can help you become a light. Click HERE.

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