The difference between coaching, therapy and counciling

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The difference between coaching, therapy and counciling

Life coaching is a fairly new and expanding addition to the health and wellness industry in South Africa and life coaches often find it  necessary  to explain what the difference between coaching, therapy and counseling is. Life coaching can be defined as the guidance of clients to reach their full potential, goals and what they define as personal and professional success in every life area. During the process it also aims to uncover and dispose of limiting beliefs and habits that stand in the way of clients to make the desired progress that will get them to where they want to be.

Life coaching is a method to fast track success in all life areas as opposed to counseling that tends to be reflective and deal a lot with traumatic events that happened in a patient’s past to attempt to solve problems experienced in certain areas of life.

Therapy deals with specific issues like addictions that a patient needs to overcome.

No one of the three are more important than the other though and every profession has its place.

Life coaches generally only work with people that are functional in all life areas, although every body can experience imbalances in any life area from time to time.

In some cases a life coach will work on certain life areas in a person’s life in conjunction with a therapist or councilor but only if the client can produce a letter from such a professional that states that the therapist or councilor recommends life coaching.

Should you be interested to know more about life coaching and what it entails, you are welcome to contact me via my website: or you can phone me on 082 968 9605 and I will gladly assist you.


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