What is the difference between Coaching and Therapy?


There is often confusion over the difference between therapy and coaching. Often people believe coaching is therapy in disguise. However, each service is designed to support individuals in it's own unique way. 

One of the biggest differences is that therapists focus on “why” and coaches work on “how.” Both therapists and life coaches work to enable clients to make positive changes in their lives and become more productive. While therapists do diagnose and treat from a healthcare perspective, not all therapy clients are ill; many healthy people seek the services of both therapists and life coaches

Although coaches and therapists occasionally help clients with similar problems, their work is not the same. In order to get the right kind of professional expertise, it is crucial to know which kind of guidance will serve you best. 


Therapy can be a short and long term process carried out with a healthcare professional to diagnose and resolve problematic beliefs, behaviours, relationship issues, feelings and sometimes physical responses. The idea behind therapy is to focus on past traumas and issues to change self-destructive habits, repair and improve relationships and work through painful feelings. In this sense, therapy focuses on the past and on introspection and analysis.

  • Therapist's determine illnesses and pathologies so clients can be clinically treated

  • Help clients explore and understand their subconscious and unconscious mind. Their goal in this exploration is deep understanding. 

  • Moving to a place of being grounded, stable and a sense of healing 

  • Focuses on understanding the past 

  • Focuses on feelings 

  • Focuses on reviewing and understand your life

  • Mood Management through emotion exploration 

  • Issue Driven 

  • Works with internal resolution of pain and understanding patterns of behaviours 


Coaching can be short or long term. It is an action based process to help ambitious people to reach their goals and visualise their full potential. 

  • Focus on results and actions. Their goals can be measured with key performance indicators and specific behavioral outcomes and goals.

  • Moving from a stability and healing to growth 

  • Focuses on how to move forward and obstacles that prevent this 

  • There is a strategy in place to action steps forward 

  • Focuses on results and meeting your goals 

  • Mind Management 

  • Results Driven 

  • Works with external solutions to overcome barriers, learn new skills, and implement effective decisions 

"We don't have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to" 

If you are interested in therapy or coaching and ar confused about which would best suit you, book a FREE phone consultation with me now.