Bonus Episode- Do you need therapy or Life coaching?
What’s the real difference between therapy and coaching. I have experience in therapy myself.
And this is why really I want to try and break this down for you to also selfishly help myself out too.
So I want to go into the differences and the mindsets that go into both of them.
So let’s get to it
Life coaches are in an unregulated industry. There have been some organizations that have tried to regulate life coaching as an industry, but typically, in most of those federations,
What I’ve discovered is that
There has been a conflict of interest because they’re trying to regulate the industry and also make money on the industry. Regulating industries need to be independent and not be capitalizing on the industry while they’re trying to regulate it because that creates an issue, obviously
One of the things that I think will help you decide whether you need therapy is-
have you ever told someone the story of your abuse, of your trauma? And when you did, when you told the story, did it release you from some shame, and did it increase your awareness? If you have done that already, you may be ready to move on into some more coaching-type activities. If you find that something in your past, you feel as if something in your past is preventing you from functioning today, in your world today, you may need more therapy.
So, I think it’s important and never a bad thing to have an experience with a therapist and to talk about stuff in your past that you feel like is holding you back. The people that I am most effective with are the people who have had years of therapy and don’t have freedom yet.
Freedom to now be who they truly WANT to be. Freedom from believing that money is trading hours of service for dollars.
Freedom to believe that your past is part of your message to help give salvation to people that are suffering with staying clear on their goals and dreams.
They’ve gone to therapist after therapist. They’ve tried to get over their past, but they’re still bitter. They’re still resentful. They’re still victimized. They’re still hating themselves. Those are the people that I’m able to help in the easiest amount of time, because they’ve already kind of opened up that wound. And now we can move on beyond it. The people that I send to therapy are the ones that have never really looked at that wound.
What’s the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist? psychiatrists are trained medical doctors. They can prescribe medications, and they spend much of their time with patients on medication management as a course of treatment.
And by the way, I think psychiatrists are required for some people.
Because psychiatrist, are able to diagnose a patient with a certain mental illness and adminster medication. They are at the point in their lives where nothing is working and just functioning regularly in their daily life is nearly impossible without some form of medication.
I personally do not believe that medication is for everyone. But if it helps us evolve to being functional again and you believe, which I’ll have an episode on BELIEFS, but if you believe you NEED a certain perscription to feel better again. Then Go for it!
But I do not believe that we should have to figure this out all on our own.
So what is a Pschologist?
Psychologists focus extensively on psychotherapy and treating emotional and mental suffering in patients with behavioral intervention versus medication. Now there’s also a therapist called an MFT, you may have heard. It’s marriage and family therapists. They’re a similar type of therapist to a counselor in that they offer a variety of dynamics to psychotherapy, including talk, analysis, and solutions. MFTs focus on the dynamics of marriage between both parties and the larger dynamic of family relationships.
Another type of therapy is called exposure therapy, and it’s a kind of behavioral therapy where the patient is exposed to stimuli that she or he has identified as upsetting or disturbing. Exposure therapy may be used with mental health disorders, such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress. Therapists in general work in a regulated industry, and that’s a huge difference between life coaches and therapists. Therapists are regulated.
So That leaves the question- What’s a life coach do? Well,
Ive borrowed a little somethin somethin from Tony Robbins’s site. Tony Robbins is kind of like the very first life coach in the world, right? On his site, he says, “The fundamentals of life coaching are what distinguish it from therapy. Life coaches do not diagnose, while therapists determine illnesses and pathologies so they can be clinically treated. Therapists analyze their client’s past as a tool for understanding present behaviors, whereas life coaches simply identify and describe current problematic behaviors so the client can work to modify them.
“A life coach would be able to offer guidance by clarifying and achieving personal and professional goals; creating business plans; working to improve communication skills; achieving financial independence and security; achieving a work/life balance; starting a new business or growing a current business. A therapist, on the other hand, focuses their conversation on ways to recover from past traumas; explore why past relationships have been destructive; work through depression or anxiety that affect your ability to function at home or work; survive a divorce or loss of a loved one.”
So, I think that understanding those differences are really important, although there is some crossover.
So to wrap this all up in a nice bundle I’ll leave off saying this.
“Coaching focuses on self-exploration, self-knowledge, professional development, performance enhancement and better self-management. Therapy seeks to heal emotional wounds. Coaching takes clients to the highest levels of performance and life satisfaction. Therapy seeks to bring clients from a dysfunctional place to a healthy functioning level. Coaching uses the terms ‘blockages’ and ‘obstructions’ to denote what needs to be removed. Therapy uses the term ‘pathology’ to describe the ‘patient’s’ issues.”
So, those are the differences. I hope those are helpful.
I will be doing Bonus episodes like this one to Scratch my curious life coaching itch.
How to deal with being past focused. How to deal with any problem that you think is caused from your past, and I’m going to talk to you about how to be future focused.