What is the Difference Between Coaching and Therapy?

Plus, Discover Mental Health Resources

Are you in crisis? Call a crisis line such as 9-8-8, Talk Suicide Canada at 1-833-456-4566, the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 or Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566.

“Do I Need Therapy Or Coaching?”

It’s a common question that people ask if they’re feeling stuck or in transition. If you’re emotionally stable but restless and ready to make some changes in your life, life coaching can help you optimize your present and future. Therapy, on the other hand, offers psychological help to explore your past and manage deep-seated emotions. At any point in the discovery or coaching process, a responsible life coach will suggest therapy or mental health support to a person whose issues are interfering with their daily functioning or ability to progress. It’s possible to do therapy and coaching at the same time if your therapist, you and your coach don’t feel there is a conflict. Talk to your health professional and refer to the chart below to ascertain what’s best for you.

Talk to a health professional about therapy or mental health treatment if…

Seek life coaching if…

Helpful Mental Health Resources

Did you know that, according to CAMH, one in two Canadians will have – or have had – a mental illness? Mental illnesses are treatable and free or affordable help is available, so talk to a health professional as soon as possible about any issues you may be experiencing. Ask them also if any of the following resources may be beneficial for you. (Click on the bullets below to find out more.)

Most importantly, remember that your feelings are valid and that you are not alone.