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

Coaches deal with problems in everyday living such as difficulties with organization, time management, motivation and focus.  Coaches focus on the present and are goal oriented and tends to be more results and action focused. Therapy often focuses on a person’s past and is designed to help people with significant psychological impairment.

In therapy, the individual typically meets with a therapist one to two times a week and sessions usually lasts approximately 45-50 minutes.  Coaching sessions tend to last longer and be spaced at longer intervals.

There are instances when it is in the best interest for a coach to refer an individual to therapy or for a therapist to refer an individual to a coach.  It is also common to work with both a coach and a therapist at the same time.  The coach can work collaborative with the therapist to help the client in the most effective way possible.

About the Author

Roya Kravetz is a Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Board-Certified Coach (BCC) with the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), a Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) with Mentor Coach LLC, and Certified Parent Educator (CPE) with the International Network for Children and Families (INCAF). While there are many life coaches out there, very few are accredited and board certified through the ICF and CCE. Roya specializes in educating and coaching individuals and families with ADHD and Executive Function challenges. She also has experience working with adoptive families who have children with ADHD. Roya has combined her professional skills with her broad cultural background to build a highly specialized national and international coaching practice based in Carmel Valley (San Diego), California. She is multi-lingual and coaches in English and Spanish.

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