Potential clients who inquire about therapy and coaching often ask me to explain the difference between psychotherapy and life coaching. Coaches are quick to offer the short answer, which usually goes something like this: "Coaching is for the already whole, emotionally well individual who is future-focused, action-based and not in need of a therapeutic intervention." Therapy is the correct choice for those with a "diagnosable mental illness (e.g. anxiety, depression, addictions, PTSD) and who are in need of healing from past wounds and trauma." Some therapists would say that they don't coach, and coaches will tell you that they don't do therapy. In my humble opinion, when talking therapy or coaching, it's rarely so neat and tidy, and overlap between the two fields does exist. It would be accurate and fair to say that many therapy clientsRead More
Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a New York City Psychotherapist + Consultant who splits her time between Manhattan and Santa Fe, providing online therapy to individuals and couples. With extensive training and experience, she provides psychological consultation, psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and executive coaching to a range of clients including VIP's + high-profile clients. As a women's emotional health + relationship expert, her specialties include: anxiety, depression, trauma resolution, addictions, relationship, intimacy and sexual concerns, health + autoimmune issues, loss + grief and women's mentoring. She enjoys writing, photography, yoga, meditation, travel and really good key lime pie. She lives with her husband, psychologist, scholar and mindfulness expert John Chambers Christopher. For more, subscribe to her newsletter or connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Psychology Today, EMDRIA and her personal websites KimSeelbrede.com, Santa Fe Integrative Psychotherapy or Well+Being Blog.