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!
at 2:04 PM on Apr. 27, 2011