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Difference Between a Coach And a Therapist

A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that a life coach is the same a therapist, when in reality they are two very different practices with different results and processes. Life coaching is designed to help individuals achieve success and fulfilment in their lives, whereas therapy is a long-term process to help diagnose and resolve problematic behaviours and responses. Therapy is focused on repairing past traumas and self-destructive habits whilst working through a painful past. Life coaching is a process to clarify goals you want to achieve and identify obstacles that may be stopping you from getting there. Life coaches will not diagnose and are often not medical professionals, whilst therapists can determine various illnesses and are medically trained to clinically treat these illnesses.

It can be a blurred line when deciding if you a therapist or life coach is the best option for you, and the decision to seek help is a personal one. It is completely dependent on your personal situation and wellbeing when deciding which option is going to be the biggest benefit to you, and often using both practices together can be really beneficial.

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Our qualified team can help you to decide which options is best for you and your current situation. Whilst many people often see coaching or therapy as just paying for a chat, we offer a lot more than that. Our therapists delve deep to get to the root of the issue, and our coaches work hard to understand what you need from your life to feel more fulfilled and positive and then work with you to achieve these goals. If you feel like it’s time to change your life for the better, get in touch with Renouvoo today.

Types Of Therapy

There are a huge range of different types of therapy available today, and it can be confusing and overwhelming knowing which one is right for you and your current situation. Therapy can help with many different life problems – from dealing with depression and anxiety to coping with traumatic life events such as a relationship breakdown. If it isn’t enough to try and manage these harmful emotions, but with the added pressure of trying to establish which therapy is going to help can make for a very stressful experience.

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We understand the complications around the various types of therapy and are here to help guide you in the right direction to get the help you need.

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Each of these different types of therapy have their individual uses and specific issues they can or cannot help with. It is important to understand which type of therapy will be best suited to help you and your individual circumstances.

Different Therapy

Therapy, psychotherapy and counselling:
Psychotherapists and Counsellors are certified mental health professionals who specialize in helping people to develop better cognitive and emotional skills, reduce their symptoms of mental illness or issues, and cope with various life challenges to improve their lives.

Therapy with either a certified Psychotherapist or a professional Counsellor involves talking through your issues and emotions with a therapist. Therapy can help you to cope with various feelings, solve your problems and change your behaviour patterns that could be contributing to your symptoms. This type of therapy is so much more than just talking through your problems and encourages and helps you to work with your therapist towards realistic solutions.

Therapy might involve keeping a journal and keeping track of your moods throughout the day, taking notes of your thoughts or even taking part in various social activities. Your therapist or counsellor will encourage you to begin looking at things in a new light and help you to learn new ways to react to certain events.

When you first start therapy, you might see your therapist or counsellor regularly and then over time the aim is to reduce the time together as you continue to progress towards your goals. The therapy sessions can be brief and predominantly focus on your thoughts and feelings at any given time. Some sessions may focus on any issues you are experiencing in your daily life and help you to find new ways to approach them. Other sessions may focus on your past, perhaps from childhood; this is a useful method in therapy as it helps your therapist to understand every aspect of your life including deep-rooted issues that can subconsciously affect our wellbeing and behaviours.

Basic therapy can help you with:

  • Defining and reaching wellness goals

    If you are struggling with your wellness and mental wellbeing, then basic therapy can help you to set certain targets and goals in this area. Your therapist will assist and coach you to reach these goals within your own timeframe.

  • Understanding your mental health

    Mental health conditions can be overwhelming and difficult to understand. Therapy can help you to get to fully understand and acknowledge your mental health, as well as teaching you how to cope with it effectively.

  • Coping with stress your mental health

    You might be experiencing stress in your life for many different reasons, perhaps you are struggling with parenting and family life, or you don’t feel fulfilled in your career.

  • Overcoming fears and insecurities

    If you struggle living your daily life with fears or insecurities, then therapy can help you to get to the root of these issues. Your therapist can work with you to find ways to overcome these negative feelings.

Basic therapy cannot help you with:

  • Changing other people

    If you are experiencing issues within your relationships, whether in a romantic couple or your family life, then therapy can help you to work through your emotions and feelings about this. Therapy cannot change the people around you and the way they behave.

  • Curing your problems

    Therapy provides you with new insights and coping skills to help you manage the daily struggles in your life, but it will not change the underlying reasons for stress. Instead it teaches you how to better deal with these existing problems.

  • Changing your personality

    Therapy is not mind control and it will not change your fundamental personality or turn you into a whole new person. Therapy is about working with what you have and making your existing personality traits work for you.


Hypnotherapy, or hypnosis, is the process of using guided relaxation, focused attention and intense concentration to achieve a heightened state of awareness. This naturally occurring state gives you the chance to focus on specific thoughts or tasks with the help of a trained therapist. For those who don’t know much about the practice, it can seem daunting and scary, but it is a natural process that has some really useful benefits when used correctly.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to enter a deeply relaxed state or trance, and when in this state your mind will become more responsive and can be very therapeutic. Hypnotherapy is being used more and more for medical reasons, and a trained hypnotherapist can help with various medical conditions. It is an effective alternative to traditional therapy and can be used for changing behaviours such as quitting smoking. It is a form of therapy but focuses on the power of suggestions to push for positive changes in your mind. A hypnotherapist will be trained in using relaxation techniques to help you effectively reach this relaxed state, where part of your mind will be relax and your subconscious will be open suggestion.

How can hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy is a common technique for breaking unwanted habits and combating stress-related issues. It is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are beginning to experience the power of hypnotherapy and how it can help to overcome day to day issues. It has been known to treat medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and can also be very effective for battling addictions such as alcohol and drug abuse. Hypnotherapy can also help you with anxiety, panic attacks and phobias, and be used to reduce stress and nerves. Some of the main issues that hypnotherapy can help with include:

  • Quitting smoking

    Using hypnotherapy to help with quitting habits such as smoking is highly successful. It can change the way you think about smoking at a deeper level to help you find the motivation to quit. When combined with more traditional smoking quitting programmes, hypnotherapy can be incredibly successful at increasing your motivation enough to resist smoking urges.

  • Controlling weight

    Hypnotherapy can be used to take back control of your eating habits by helping you to better manage your relationship with food. It can be used to help stop food from controlling your life and put the power back into your own hands.

  • Managing pain

    Hypnosis is an effective way of reducing acute and chronic pain. During hypnotherapy your conscious mind will be tuned out, so that you can relax and block out any distractions by just focusing on your subconscious. When you begin to focus on one single thought, it can help to target your pain and reduce it dramatically.

  • Managing addiction

    Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for fighting addiction as it allows you to get in touch with your subconscious mind. This is where suggestions can be planted and grow, which can be used to curb withdrawal symptoms for any type of addiction.

  • Combatting allergies

    It has been suggested that hypnotherapy can reduce allergy symptoms, such as hay fever. The process is used to focus your attention on allergen-free environments, such as a snowy mountain or sandy beach.

  • Giving birth

    Many women are turning to hypnobirthing as a way of coping with the pain of childbirth without intrusive painkillers. Hypnosis is used to replace the fear and stress if giving birth with relaxation.

  • Battling bad habits

    Hypnosis is very effective when used to battle bad habits, such as a biting your nails or procrastinating. As it gives a clear path to your subconscious, it can be used to give positive suggestions to help you learn that you don’t need to continue with your bad habit.

  • Handling emotional trauma

    Stressful events can cause emotional trauma and leave you feeling helpless, alone and insecure. Hypnotherapy can be used to tackle this problem by taking you back to the traumatic experience and reliving it, to help you realise the trauma is in the past.

  • Battling depression and anxiety

    Hypnotherapy can be used to help combat depression by dealing directly with your subconscious mind and getting to the root of the depression. It is also effective for relieving anxiety by changing the way you respond to stress. Hypnosis can help you deal with the physical and emotional aspects of your life that could be causing anxiety or depression.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for helping with many issues and problems, but it is vital to remember that hypnotherapists are not medical doctors. Whilst it is effective for helping with managing pain and supporting you to get on with your daily life, it cannot be used to cure your problems completely. Hypnotherapy is a great option for managing main related to diseases such as cancer or heart disease, but it will never cure you from the disease.

What happens during a hypnotherapy session?

Every hypnotherapist will run their sessions slightly differently, but in general a session will last about an hour and will include several different elements:

Does hypnotherapy work?

In general, hypnosis works for most people, although some people will be more susceptible to the treatment and suggestions that others. In order for hypnotherapy to be successful you will need to be fully committed to the process and have full trust in your therapist. It is vital that you keep an open mind about the process, as being sceptical can reduce your susceptibility to the treatment.


A life coach will set up clients with a process that is either long or short term as oppose to regular sessions with therapy. During life coaching, a client will work with a coach that is not a healthcare professional. The coach will work through everything to clarify goals and identify obstacles and behaviours that are problematic in order to create an action plan to achieve the desired results. The life coaching process takes your starting point as an acceptable neutral ground and then works as an action-based plan from this point forward.

A coach can help you with:

  • Improving Performance

    If you are looking to improve your performance in your professional or personal life, then life coaching can help by creating a long term or short-term action plan to help you achieve your goals.

  • Developing Potential

    Coaching can help to develop your potential in any area of your life. If you need help developing your love life or your professional career, a life coach can help to create a detailed action plan.

  • Achieving Balance In Your Life

    Some individuals need some help and guidance to manage their work life balance, or any other balance in their daily lives. Coaching can help to achieve balance in all aspects if your life.

A coach cannot help you with:

  • Recover From Past Traumas

    Coaching is not able to help you to get over past traumas or issues that have happened in your past, therapy would be more suited to this type of issue.

  • Exploring Past Relationships

    Whether personal or business relationships, if they require some work and attention then coaching is not the best choice for this as it is more focused on moving forward and created

  • Mental Health

    For those suffering from mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, then coaching might not be the best course of action to overcome and manage this.