Is Life Coaching the Same as Therapy?

Jul 01, 2023

Is Life Coaching the Same as Therapy?

Life coaching offers a wealth of benefits for people who want to learn new ways to effectively manage their lives and improve their overall wellness and well-being. But it’s not the same as psychotherapy. Here’s how they differ.

At Premier Physicians Weight Loss & WellnessDana Trippi, DO, and our team help patients in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Reno, Nevada, optimize their lives and wellness through customized life coaching

In this post, learn how life coaching can help you create the life you want to lead.

Life coaching vs. therapy

Life coaching and therapy both help people overcome limiting issues to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. But these treatments differ in key ways. 


Therapy (or psychotherapy) focuses on helping patients manage symptoms associated with mental health issues, like depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or have symptoms that suggest you’re suffering from one, therapy can help you feel better.

There are multiple types of therapy, including talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Some focus on problems in your past that could influence your thoughts and behaviors now. 

Other types of therapy help you overcome negative thinking and thought patterns that can sabotage your wellness.

Therapists may also recommend medications to help improve your mental health symptoms. Some therapists can prescribe medications directly, while others work with your physician, who writes the prescriptions for your treatment.

Life coaching

Life coaches focus on ongoing issues and unhealthy behaviors that can affect your physical health and emotional well-being. These include weight management concerns, sleep problems, smoking, or work-life balance. 

Life coaching can be used alongside psychotherapy for people with issues like anxiety or depression.

Many people turn to life coaches when they lack focus, energy, or motivation. Completely customizable, coaching can be a good option and tool for people of all ages and from all walks of life. 

Depending on your needs and goals, life coaching can be incorporated into a program and tailored to focus on specific areas of your life, like work performance or relationships, or on general improvements to your overall wellness and life satisfaction.

At each weight management visit, we incorporate life coaching tools and strategies to help you make proactive changes which lead to improving desired key habits.

How life coaching can help you

While therapy is especially appropriate for anyone with a mental health disorder, like depression or anxiety, life coaching can be a good choice for anyone, including those undergoing therapy. 

At Premier Physicians Weight Loss & Wellness, our incorporated life coaching skills aim to:

  • Improve your dietary habits and nutritional profile
  • Support healthy weight loss
  • Improve your mood and outlook
  • Improve sleep hygiene 
  • Reduce stress
  • Promote regular exercise
  • Support better overall health and wellness
  • Provide ongoing support to help you achieve your goals
  • Reduce or eliminate harmful habits, like smoking or drinking

Like therapy, life coaching can provide long-term benefits for your physical and emotional wellness, with results that can last a lifetime. Regularly scheduling 2 week follow up visits ensures you stay on track and allows us to adjust your plan to your evolving needs.

Also like therapy, life coaching only works when you remain accountable to regularly scheduled visits.. At your first visit, we perform a detailed health evaluation, review your goals, and help you embark on your journey toward personal wellness.

Learn more about life coaching

Life coaching is an integral part of a weight loss journey. Request an appointment online or over the phone today with the team at Premier Physicians Weight Loss & Wellness to start your personal weight loss journey.