Whereas psychotherapists help clients process pain and achieve a normal life, coaches guide people to step into their fullness.

Do you feel emotionally overwhelmed? Do you often feel unmotivated? The intent of psychotherapy is to help you function better in life. A therapist will help you face and overcome problems such as persistent depression or anxiety that make it difficult for you to have even an average life. In counseling, you will learn how to have your pain without getting stuck in it.

Are you tired of living an average, mediocre life? Is there a budding leader in you? Are you ready to make major changes? A life coach supports you to transform your life and reach your goals. Without a life coach, change can feel like jumping off a cliff without a parachute. The role of a life coach is to make change exciting: we jump off the cliff together with wings, and soar.

The practice of counseling involves a strict training and licensing process. Counseling is designed to provide a fully-confidential, safe space for overcoming mental illness. To ensure therapy remains safe and private, counseling only takes place in the therapy room, and counselors will avoid interacting with you in public.

On the other hand, life coaching is a budding new field that remains flexible and cutting-edge. Coaching is designed to support you to replace old life patterns with more meaningful and successful ways of being. Coaches become life mentors, appearing at your side when you most need it—at competitions, board meetings, public appearances, and major life events. Coaches also live transparently, so you have a living model for the changes you wish to implement in your life.

If you are unsure whether coaching or therapy will be most helpful for your situation, feel free to contact Navigate Change. We are glad to refer you to therapists in the Raleigh-Durham metro area, if needed. Also check out the group coaching options at Navigate Change—sometimes the peer support available in groups can provide the additional momentum you seek.