What is the difference between a life coach and a psychotherapist? I have been asked this question numerous times, so let me take the time to clarify this point.
Life coach, personal development coach, career coach, business coach or many other subdivisions is a partnership between a client and a coach to successfully work on meeting an identified goal determined by the client. Well! That was a mouthful. Coaching is not therapy, however; the coach can use the foundational communication and listening skills to mentor the client. The coach’s educational preparation is not as extensive (programs vary from a 3 day weekend to 6 -12 months of course work) as that of a masters level therapist (2-3 yrs graduate degree) or clinical psychologist( 5-7 yrs graduate degree). Coaches utilize their coursework coupled with practical life and employment experience to partner with their clients. As a licensed clinical psychologist, I have had extensive formal education, including several years of clinical supervision and work experiences that has equipped me to handle a variety of issues of mental well being. To simplify, my life coach services will have an additive component to any personal goals that you want to accomplish due to my clinical expertise.