What’s the Difference Between a Therapist and a Life Coach?

This is a very common question.

Life coaches do not handle mental health diagnoses such as depression, anxiety or other diagnoses as specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

There are more serious issues that might need a psychiatric consult.

Life coaches may make a recommendation if and when therapy is needed. Sometimes this can be a beneficial next step.

Oftentimes, people like having a therapist in conjunction with a life coach. This works out to be a complimentary process.

As a therapist, I can work through some of the deeper problems that might be holding you back such as trauma.

Therapy is only offered in states where my licensure is active including:
Missouri (2013-current)
Illinois (2019-current)
Florida (2019-current)


My coaching expertise helps you move forward in your process of obtaining your goals.  By being a credentialed coach, I have no state limitations.

Future vs. Past

Life coaches will acknowledge your past, where you have been, where you are now and where you are going. A life coach’s main focus is to work with you to move forward. It is a goal-oriented position.

Therapists tend to work on all that a life coach can work on but we deal more with past trauma, mental health issues and healing from your past.

Overall, when working together, I will get clear on your needs, values and goals.

Life coaches and therapists alike can help you deal with mental blocks that may related to your past. We can help you rewrite your story.

Solution Focused vs. Problem Focused

You should consider life coaching or my counseling approach if you want to figure out how to implement change, build a life that aligns with your needs and values, and ignite inner passion to achieve your best life.

I use a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach in counseling and also tend to be solution-focused in both counseling and coaching.

The solution-focused and CBT approaches will create momentum to move you quicker towards your goals.

Want to learn more and see if my services are right for you? Connect with me!