What is the difference between a Divorce Coach and Therapist?

There is a common misconception that being a coach is the same as being a therapist (including counsellors, psychologists).
by Nishma Raval

by Nishma Raval

Relationship, Break-Up & Divorce Coaching vs. Therapy – The Differences

There is a common misconception that being a coach is the same as being a therapist (including counsellors, psychologists). The key difference is the outcome these both achieve. A therapist will dig deep and want to examine things in detail of why you are where you are in your current situation. Whereas as coach is focussed on how to move you forward from the current situation.

The Box Analogy 

The simplest way to describe the difference between Coaching and Therapy is if you were to imagine that you had a box and you took it a Therapist, the Therapist would help you to open it and will help you to look a what is inside the box and offer suggestions on how you could pack the box better or even discard some of the items that you may not need. Whereas, if you were to take the same box to a Coach, they would ask “Where are you off to with that box?” Once you have told the Coach where you’re going, the Coach will work with you and help you create a plan to get you there. So, for example, you came to the Coach with a packed box and told the Coach you were moving homes. The Coach would be able to help you to find a removal company, a storage company, a cleaner to help your move go as smoothly as possible.

In short, Therapy goes deep in to the issues, whereas Coaching is directional and moving you forward.

Relationship, Break-Up & Divorce Coaching Training vs. Therapy Training  – The Differences

Therapists (including counsellors, psychologists) spend many years training and are licenced professional. Coaches on the other hand are not bound by the same regulations although some maybe Accredited by training academies or reputable individuals.

Relationship, Break-Up & Divorce Coaching vs. Therapy – Focus Areas 

Therapists (including counsellors, psychologists) are well trained to dig in to issues around mental health. Divorce Coaches are more aligned with working on the emotional and practical aspects including, boundaries, heartbreak, next steps, co-parenting, self care to name a few.

How to choose a Relationship, Break-Up & Divorce Coach

Ensure that you do your own research and do not take the first name given to you. Choosing a Relationship, Break-Up & Divorce Coach that you feel comfortable with is going to be key. Be totally honest with yourself and ask yourself what help do you need, being self-aware is crucial.  Understand what type of personality you have vs. what the personality of the Relationship, Break-Up & Divorce Coach should be to get the best results with you. The right Relationship, Break-Up & Divorce Coach will be able to match your pace and work with you to help you achieve the results you need to move forward.

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