Coaching vs. Therapy

What’s the Difference?

Trying to figure out which one is right for you? Here is some info to help. You can also schedule a free consultation call and we can figure it out together!


  • Specific area of focus. I work with people on relationships.
  • Only focuses on the present and future.
  • Shorter term.
  • Focuses on the how. Where are the blocks and how to move forward?
  • Task/action-oriented. Problem-solving.
  • No location restrictions, can work with anyone anywhere.
  • Not covered by insurance. No diagnosis.
  • Can still deep dive. Isn’t just surface level or solely about behavior change because it’s present/future focused and action-oriented.


  • The focus is on mental health diagnosis. When mental health is impacting your everyday life and the priority is to improve functioning. 
  • Focuses on the past, present, and/or future. Connecting all three.
  • Longer term.
  • Focuses on the why. What’s underneath the blocks/ behaviors, patterns, and emotions?
  • Emotion-oriented goals. Insight-oriented goals. 
  • Location specific. Only folks in MA where I’m licensed.
  • Insurance may cover a portion of the cost with OON benefits. Using insurance requires a DSM diagnosis.
  • Treatment must be related to a diagnosis. So goals outside of mental health are only ok if you have a diagnosis and there’s a connection between the goal and your diagnosis. For example, a goal about your relationships works if your relationships are impacted by your anxiety diagnosis.

Where Do They Overlap?

  • Can identify places you’re getting stuck and problem-solving how to move through your blocks.
  • Can focus on skill building.
  • Can build self-awareness.
  • Recognize patterns.