Coaching or Therapy?
Coaching is a client-led process that helps clients identify their strengths, values, and resources, as well as their limiting beliefs, self-sabotaging, and often self-destructive behavior patterns. The central task of the life coach is to listen without judgment, question deeply, gently and skillfully re-frame, and support the client setting meaningful goals. In this way coaches enable the client to make their own connections and come to a deeper sense of self-knowledge and self-trust than they previously possessed.
Coaches work with clients who are able to function in their lives but may not be happy with where they are and want to make positive changes. Therapists, on the other hand, work with clients who may not be functioning either because of serious depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, or other conditions. A therapist will provide a diagnosis, which is required for insurance coverage, and may prescribe medication, give advice, or otherwise provide solutions and opinions. Coaches support a client to find their own solutions — they will not provide one, nor give advice.
If you are unsure of the type of professional it would be best to work with, just ask, and I will be glad to help you make an appropriate determination.