Therapy vs. Coaching: Which is right for me?


As I launch my new coaching practice, people have been asking me about how this service differs from therapy. Here are some key differences:

Psychotherapy is intended to treat those blocks that keep us from thriving: past trauma, mental illness such as depression or anxiety, or unconscious patterns that hinder our relationships, work, and lives. Therapy is often an introspective process, which focuses on understanding the root of one’s suffering and healing these wounds. In general, therapy is done in person, though video sessions within the state of Colorado may be appropriate for some. You can use your insurance, victim’s compensation, or employee assistance program to pay for therapy.

In contrast, coaching is more focused on achieving goals and manifesting your ideal life. It is not intended to diagnose or treat mental illness or trauma, and instead places heavy emphasis on moving forward in a manner that feels fulfilling and aligned with your purpose, spirituality, creativity, and/or passion. Coaching can be done in person (in Boulder, Colorado), on the phone, or via Skype from anywhere in the world. Often times, it is a combination of these that is most effective. Coaching is private pay only; insurance, EAPs, and victim’s compensation do not cover coaching services.

If you are still unsure of which service is right for you, I am happy to talk to you about your unique situation and goals at no cost. Please contact me to set up this consultation on the phone or in person.


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Rachael Uris, MA, LPC is the owner of Atacama Counseling, LLC, offering sex therapy as well as individual and couple's counseling for issues surrounding sexuality, love, and pregnancy. All services are located in downtown Boulder, Colorado, and are provided in English and Spanish.
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