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Coaching vs. Therapy

What's the difference?


  • Coaches are guides, teachers, and mentors. They come alongside their clients as peers.

  • Coaches build a healthy relationship with their clients so that they can learn how to have a healthy relationship with themselves, others, and the world.

  • Coaches goal set with their clients, helping them map out a path that brings them closer to leading the life they want to live.

  • Coaches provide education about trauma and recovery.

  • Coaches share their personal experiences to let their clients know they are not alone in what they are facing and to validate their client’s experiences.

  • Coaches help their clients identify the primary lies/core beliefs that were taught to them by their abuser or enabler. Once identified they help their clients define new, healthy truths/beliefs.

  • Coaches help their clients celebrate their progress.

  • Coaches help their clients build a healthy view of themselves, others, and the world.


  • Therapists may treat, diagnose, or assess their client’s mental health.

  • Therapists may prescribe medication or give advice about any medications.

  • Therapists may prescribe treatment.

  • Therapists may “process” trauma with their clients. Their focus is upon helping their clients function in their present day lives.

  • Therapists may work with clients who are at risk of harming themselves or others.

  • Therapists may work outside of their scope of competence

  • Therapists may treat addiction, eating disorders, or active suicidal ideation.

  • Therapists may direct clients care .

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