• Nicole Arzt

How Does Life Coaching Complement Therapy?



Do you feel stagnant in your life? Do you have goals, but you can't identify the steps you need to take to achieve them? Are you tired of not reaching your full potential?


If so, life coaching and therapy can be a winning combination. Where therapy tends to focus on understanding how your past affects your future, life coaching orients you towards obtaining future success.


Both approaches emphasize on shifting your thinking, building your confidence, and transitioning through challenging obstacles. When you engage in both treatments, you receive the comprehensive value of learning more about yourself- and applying that knowledge to good use.


Let's get into what you need to know!


What Is Life Coaching And Why Is It Beneficial?

Life coaching can be beneficial for people who feel motivated but need help staying on track with their goals. Coaches will help you identify your strengths and your current obstacles. They help channel your inherent strengths to achieve your goals.


Life coaches offer many different services to their clients. Some coaches offer a more holistic approach, some come from a fitness background, and some might have a spiritual motivation behind their coaching. This variance is helpful- it means you can find one that aligns with your personality and needs.


Life coaches teach new techniques designed to help you achieve a happier and healthier, well-rounded life. Often, coaching is about learning how to replace unwanted habits with healthier ones.


Therefore, you may learn methods to reframe your new thinking. You might also role-play different scenarios to envision how you would respond if that situation emerges.


Life coaching is also beneficial because life coaches act as mentors and cheerleaders throughout your process. It's not uncommon to feel alone in your struggles. You might feel embarrassed or ashamed of where you are in life. Coaches are there to validate and support you- there is no judgment or expectation for what you should do. Instead, it's about tapping into your strengths and harnessing your happiness.


How To Get The Most From Life Coaching


Setting goals is the foundation of successful life coaching. Your life coach will help you define your goals and how to best achieve them. Some common goals include:

  • professional growth (identifying a career path, applying for jobs, going to school).

  • increasing productivity in daily life.

  • establishing healthier wellness habits (eating healthier, exercising regularly).

  • increasing satisfying socialization with others.

  • improving self-esteem and self-worth.

  • identifying and strengthening interpersonal boundaries.

  • improving work-life balance.

  • obtaining and implementing appropriate life skills.

Keep in mind that you might break your goals down into smaller goals and set a timeline for achieving each milestone. Celebrating small successes is important for feeling empowered and encouraged.


To get the most from life coaching, it's important to remain open-minded to the process. Your coach is your ally. They want to see you succeed. Subsequently, you need to remain engaged and curious about what you can learn from them. In other words, allow yourself to be coachable!


What If Life Coaching Isn’t Enough?

Life coaching alone may be limiting. Coaching doesn't delve into the depths of mental health. It also doesn't work on core issues related to trauma or family dynamics. If you are struggling with those issues, it's recommended that you consider working with a therapist.


The benefits of life coaching can be amplified when combined with therapy. While coaching focuses on the future, therapy tends to focus on the past and how that affects you in the present. Common therapy goals include:

  • strengthening insight into past patterns and relationships.

  • learning to change negative thoughts into more positive ones.

  • improving family dynamics.

  • processing and resolving trauma.

  • learning appropriate coping skills for managing a mental illness.

  • developing reasonable relapse prevention plans to ensure future success.

While success in life coaching is measured by reaching goals, success in therapy is usually measured by an improvement in mood or healthier behavior. At times, therapy may feel worse before it feels better. That happens because you're learning more about yourself and recognizing the work that needs to be done. This insight is critical for your overall growth.


In therapy, you can identify where you feel blocked and how you can work through those challenging barriers. At the core of therapy, you’re working through your emotions and thoughts- rather than only focusing on the direct outcome.


Final Thoughts On Life Coaching And Therapy

At The Resurface Group, we aim to combine the best of both worlds by offering both life coaching and therapy options for our clients. We understand the need for comprehensive treatment, and we customize our care to meet each individual's needs.


Many of our clients benefit from working with a variety of professionals. Each service offers unique benefits tailored to your growth and well-being.


Are you interested in learning more about our approach? Contact us today to get started!


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