Coaching vs. Therapy



Are you questioning whether coaching or therapy is more appropriate for you? Understanding how they differ can help you determine if one will be more helpful than the other.


Coaching is for you if…

  • You are functioning normally (all your daily tasks are getting done), but you are lacking motivation or clarity to reach a future goal.
  • You have something you want to accomplish that will enhance your life, but you keep getting stuck in your progress.
  • You’d rate your life as pretty successful, but you know there is more out there for you.
  • You are ready to stop identifying with the negative parts of your self image, but just aren’t quite sure how to do it.


Therapy is for you if…

  • You are not functioning normally on a daily basis. For example, you have days where you don’t get out of bed, you can’t complete your tasks, you are consistently depressed and it causes you to ignore daily life activities that contribute towards your well being.
  • Your anxiety is bad enough that it is disrupting your life and relationships.
  • You have developed phobias, a complete avoidance of certain activities for fear of the anxiety and panic they will create.
  • You have suicidal thoughts and/or are addicted to a substance.


Therapy and coaching can overlap and be powerfully synergistic in contributing to your goals in life, but it’s really important to be honest about where you are right now. If you were to think about a baseline of physical, emotional, and mental health in your life, therapy is appropriate when you are beneath that baseline. Coaching is appropriate when you are at a healthy baseline and are ready to think and achieve beyond your already functional self.

If you’re still not quite sure I’d be happy to have a conversation with you to help you determine what would be best.

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