All three of these terms can be used to describe the same type of intervention, but not necessarily, so you will want to clarify this with the professional. “Counseling” can apply to a guidance counselor at a school, camp counselor, clergy member or minister, or a Professional Counselor. All can do wonderful things to help people improve their lives, but not all “counseling” is necessarily mental health counseling. Depending on the type of counseling, it may or may not be covered by insurance.
“Life Coaching” is a relatively new term used to describe the services of a professional who encourages clients on matters related to careers, personal goals, and individual challenges. Life coaching is generally not covered by insurance.
“Psychotherapy” is a term used to describe mental health counseling. It can include a number of treatment methods to help address a variety of mental health disorders, relieve symptoms, and improve quality of life. It must be provided by a licensed professional. Psychotherapy is generally covered by most insurance plans. Therapy is about mobilizing our strengths to create positive changes in our lives. We all have areas of our lives that are stressful, confusing, or difficult. We also all have strengths, capabilities, knowledge, and insight. People who come to therapy often experience:
- A better understanding of themselves
- Stronger and deeper relationships
- Improved health and wellness
- Less anxiety and depression
- A better quality of life
- Rejuvenating sleep
- Relief from physical and emotional pain