They are two different types of professionals, and the two may have little to do with each other. While a therapist can help you with psychological problems, a life coach is more interested in helping you find ways to become a better person outside the confines of the counseling center.
Can I choose a life coach from an office or group program?
Yes, you may visit an office life coach or group program while you are in counseling. However, before you begin, you should know if you are comfortable with a particular life coach. A life coaching session can be as short or long as you wish. Most will work with you during the week or during the evening. However, some may work during the weekend, depending on the schedule. Some can help with specific issues during certain times of day or over time depending on your schedule.
For more information about choosing a life coach, visit the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services website and see the resources listed below:
What is the difference between a life coach and a therapist?
They are not the same and they will most likely be very different from a counselor. Life coaches are more concerned with issues that you might want to handle outside of the office, such as finding your own interests and activities as a community activist, getting help with substance abuse issues, or helping you cope with emotional or financial abuse. They specialize in working with women on a life-long commitment to their health.
Therapists focus on helping you improve your social, emotional, physical and professional life and have greater emphasis on helping you find your way in life.
How can I find a life coach outside of the office?
You can find a life coach by calling one in person or through a telephone directory of social service agencies.
Do I need to go back to school to get my own life coach?
Some people go to school to get a life coach to help them understand themselves better and improve their life. Others have chosen to work directly with a life coach. They may be able to assist you in any area of your life: financial, emotional or health. Your life coach may be able to work with you in one or more areas or in addition to.
What is the difference between mental health counseling and treatment for addiction?
Most programs are licensed as a mental health service and are regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health or are “licensed independent counselors.” A licensed independent counselor works for a health care provider and receives the same