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Have you ever wondered about the difference between life coaching and psychology therapy?

I was reading an article recently about what a life coach does and how they can help you and happened upon a statement about the difference between what life coaches and psychologists do.

The article stated life coaches help people “review their strengths, goals and tools to help plan and reach personal or professional outcomes, [whereas] psychologists deal mostly with personal problems or mental illness.” It also stated psychotherapy focuses on the past and while life coaching focuses on the future.

Unfortunately, these are very common myths about what psychologists do.

Yes, we are trained in mental illness and can help people with problems, but this is a very narrow view of what psychologists do and leads to stigma. Psychologists have a minimum of 6 years of study and training in understanding human behaviour… all facets of human behaviour.

Improving wellbeing and resilience so people can thrive is a major focus of psychology and personal growth is at the centre of what we do. Focusing on problems, mental illness and the past is only a small part of what my team and I do.

We help people identify their strengths and develop skills so they can live a more fulfilling life.

People often fear seeing a psychologist as they think they must have something really wrong with them or that they will be made to talk about their childhood. I will let you in on a secret, I have many clients whom I know very little about their childhood because it’s not the focus of the work we are doing together.

A psychology session is basically a conversation with purpose, where you can gain a sense of perspective and clarity and develop some tools to improve your life.

At The Wellbeing Psychologist, so many of our clients love coming to sessions and they leave with a smile on their faces.

Here at The Wellbeing Psychologist, our mission is wellbeing, not problem management.

If you think you can use a little support in your life now, get in touch with us by ringing 0428 481 252.