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Therapist vs Coach
Understanding the difference

You are considering to contact a Therapist or a Coach but you do not know the difference between them? Let's take a look at the 2 professions to allow you to choose the right approach that meets your needs.

Deep Psychological Problems

Difficulties limiting social or emotional skills

Development of social or professional skills and attitudes

​Pursuit of Purpose and Wholeness

Psychotherapy

coaching

Questions to ask yourself

  • Do you have mental health problems that affect your daily life (anxiety, depression, stress, etc.)?

  • Have you suffered any trauma in the past that you want to heal from?

  • Do you have a limited life due to your thoughts?

  • Do you suffer and are you ill with cause or without cause?

  • Are you afraid of going crazy or crazy?

  • Are you experiencing major changes in your life (separation, bereavement, illness, etc.) that you find difficult to cope with?

  • Are you having difficulties in your relationships?

  • Do you find it difficult to regulate and/or control your emotions?

Questions to ask yourself

  • Do you want to redirect your life?

  • Do you feel that your life is dull or stagnant?

  • Do you feel stuck or at a crossroads and need some guidance and support? 

  • Do you want to develop healthy, productive habits? 

  • Do you want to break through self-limiting beliefs that are preventing you from moving forward?

  • Do you have a big goal in mind but lack motivation or focus?

Therapist

Psychotherapy is a way of helping people with a variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. It can help to eliminate or control disturbing symptoms to promote well-being and healing.

Education: Bachelor (in psychology or a related subject)+ Master + 450h of practice to be registered as a licensed psychotherapist by the UKCP. (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy)

Costs: Psychotherapy might get covered by your social security.

Coach

A Coach can guide and help you to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals. He'll help you develop your autonomy in order to reach your objectives, by identifying what's holding you back.

Education: Coaching is an unregulated profession in the UK. However, Professional coaches belong to a professional organization, with ethical requirements, standards of education, and ongoing training expectations

 

Costs: Coaching needs to be paid for privately. 

Both

  • provide a safe and non-judgemental space to discuss your problems, experiences or challenges.

  • help the client to make positive changes in their life.

  • are goal-oriented, forward-looking, client-centred & empowering & supportive. 

Psychotherapist - Psychologist - Psychiatrist - Psychoanalyst

Psychotherapist

Psychotherapists can choose from a variety of approaches to help you understand and explore how you feel. Some therapists also teach skills to help you manage difficult emotions more effectively.

 

There are several types of therapy such as: Gestalt therapy, CBT, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, Systemic therapy, Family therapy, etc.

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