How is life coaching different than therapy? Therapy focuses a lot on the past, provides the understanding as to why things happened and is helpful in healing the past. Therapy definitely has its purpose and is beneficial for a lot of people. Life coaching is for those individuals who are tired of being reminded of their past, or for those who have already gone through therapy and are ready for something different. They are ready to take action, become truly at peace with where they are now so they can move forward into their future with absolute intention and clarity.
One of my clients that I worked with for 6 months, the perfect amount of time to have many breakthroughs in many different areas of one’s life, who is one of my favorite clients, now at the young vibrant age of 80. From the work we’ve done together, her new mantra is that “anything is possible” and ended our last call by expressing how much she loves her life.
When I asked her what she would say to someone else about what the experience of life coaching is like, she communicated the difference perfectly. “Coaching is very different than sitting in front of a therapist. You don’t look through the that microscope of childhood, you don’t blame other people; you instead investigate different ways to look at things. It’s a totally different approach to moving forward, it’s an optimistic one. Coaching helps you find your own way of thinking and is a great way to change your outlook.”