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Life Coach...

Are all therapists called Life Coaches now???? Is it politically correct? Or a marketing strategy??


Asked by Dahis at 1:38 PM on Apr. 27, 2011 in Health

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  • Yes, they are different. When a therapist does "life coaching", they need to make it clear that it is not therapy, or they could risk losing their license.

    There is a time and a place for life-coaching. It is more like help in direction and goal-setting. (A lot of celebrities have a coach to keep them on track).

    Answer by ImaginationMama at 2:06 PM on Apr. 27, 2011

  • No, they're two separate things. Anyone can be a "life coach". There's no standardized set of certifications or education or anything.

    Answer by musicpisces at 1:40 PM on Apr. 27, 2011

  • When I was presented with the option of a "Life Coach" for my son a few years ago, they were not considered therapists. Don't think that's changed. BTW, I just have to mention how ludicrous I personally think the whole "life coach" idea is and that's what I told the person who presented the idea. What a bunch of bunk.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:41 PM on Apr. 27, 2011

  • A life coach is completely different and while some people may not buy into it, many swear by them. A lot of companies now hire coaches to come in and teach the coaching way of life to their employees. The term may sound hokey, but if it works, it works.

    Answer by scout_mom at 1:51 PM on Apr. 27, 2011

  • No. Therapists are not all called life coaches now. There are very different training and certification requirements. Therapists hold a masters degree in counseliing, psychology or social work, and may be licensed by their state licensing board. Licensure requirements vary by state but generally include 2-3000 contact hours with clients, supervised by a qualified supervisor in addition the degree. Training for therapists is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues, addressing emotional issues, resolving grief, depression, anxiety or other disorders. Life coaching is less regulated and is more focused on life planning. A coach will work with you on finding solutions, changing habits and behaviors, clarifying goals and direction. Many therapists provide coaching services, but they are the same thing. Therapist may bill your insurance, where as coaches can't. Hope this is helpful!

    Answer by thrivingmama at 2:04 PM on Apr. 27, 2011

  • Totally totally different.

    Answer by ethans_momma06 at 7:55 AM on Apr. 28, 2011