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Therapy Versus Coaching: Should You See a Therapist or a Coach?

Therapy versus coaching – it’s a hot topic at the moment – the coaching industry is booming and millennials are the new therapy generation. So, how do you know if you should see a therapist or a coach?

Whilst there are some overlaps between these two helping professions – there are also some profound differences. I’ve rounded up these informative and myth busting blog posts from therapists and therapeutic coaches from around the globe to help you find out all you need to know about whether you need a coach, a therapist, or perhaps even both!

7 Myths About Coaching vs Therapy

By Emma Cameron

Everything You Need to Know About the Difference Between Therapy and Coaching

By Jodie Gale

Do I Need a Coach or a Therapist?

By Toni Jackson

Coaching or Therapy – What Do I Need?

By Emma Cameron

Eating Disorder Recovery: Do You Need an Eating Disorder Therapist or an Eating Disorder Coach?

By Jodie Gale

Future-Focus Does Not Distinguish Coaching From Therapy

By Katie Playfair

What’s the Difference Between Coaching and Counseling?

By Sharon Martin

What a Therapist Can Do

By Monica White

FAO Therapists

There are many psychotherapists also trained in coaching who are practising as therapeutic / psychotherapeutic coaches in various countries around the globe, here is a great podcast about practising in the US as a therapist and a coach.

The Abundance Party Podcast – Counselling or Coaching?

By Alison Puryear & Lee Chaix McDonough

Coaching versus Therapy

Here is a comprehensive article via the legal team at The California Association of Family and Marriage Therapists about the legalities in the US re practising as a therapist and a coach

Counselors who Coach

By Lyle Labardee, Pat Williams & Shannon Hodges


This post is part of the National Psychotherapy Day Blog Challenge for therapists to educate the public about psychotherapy and counselling.

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About the Author:

Sydney Soul-Centred Psychotherapist, Counsellor + Eating Disorder Therapist, Jodie Gale, is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. Over the last 20 years, Jodie has helped 100s of women to transform their lives. She has a private counselling, life-coaching and psychotherapy practice in Manly, Allambie Heights and Frenchs Forest on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Jodie is passionate about putting the soul back into therapy!


  1. Emma Cameron June 26, 2019 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    This is a really useful and comprehensive collection of articles about the differences between therapy and coaching. Thanks for collating!

    • Jodie July 3, 2019 at 4:36 am - Reply

      Thanks for contributing Emma – I love your myth busting x

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