Life Coach vs. Therapist: What’s the Difference?

Since both therapists and life coaches are committed to helping clients reach their full potential, you might be unsure which professional it makes the most sense for you to see. Each offers a specific benefit, whether you're considering a wellness program to get through a challenging time, make a change in your life, or improve your overall outlook. Here are a few key differences between a therapist and a life coach.

License and Certification 
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While both life coaches and therapists have specialized training, only therapists are required to carry specific certification through the state where they practice. In Pennsylvania, therapists must have a master's degree and become certified as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) by the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors. Although many life coaches do pursue professional certification through accredited organizations such as the International Coaching Federation, this is not legally required to practice.

Scope of Practice and Goals

The common goal of any wellness program is to solve problems and improve quality of life. Life coaches focus on clients who feel they are not reaching their full potential in one or more specific life areas, such as career, relationships, finances, or future goals. They help to remove mental blocks that prevent the attainment of goals and hold their clients accountable for taking the required steps to get there.

While therapists may also work with clients who are generally healthy but want to meet specific goals, they also work with those who are struggling with mental health, substance abuse, trauma, or grief. Their specialized training allows them to provide treatment for these individuals.

If you're considering a wellness program in the Newtown area, visit Refresh Wellness to find comprehensive services from board-certified physicians as well as experienced, qualified life coaches. We strive to help you create a happier, stronger, more balanced life that is inclusive of all the services you need. Explore testimonials from clients who have benefited from our care, including coaching, weight loss, and medical aesthetics.

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