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Life Coach, or Counsellor / Therapist / Psychologist

If you are looking for someone to tell you what to do, then a life coach may be a good option. However, be very careful and discerning when picking your life coach because it’s an incredibly unregulated area with lots of bad practice. An alternative option maybe to look at a counsellor, therapist, or psychologist. Be aware though because life coaches, psychologists, counsellors, and therapists are not therapists. I know this sounds silly to say, a therapist isn't a therapist!? This is because these words alone are not 'protected titles' so you, whoever you are, can call yourself a therapist or a life coach. Therefore, the lack of regulation of the professions causes lots of bad and unsafe practice. That been said, like with all professions, there are good and bad. There are certainly some very good life coaches, psychologists, counsellors, and therapists, but unfortunately because their professions are so unregulated, they swim in a sea of charlatans. Alternatively, counselling psychologist, clinical psychologist, and other professionals highlighted on our website are protected titles and you need a doctorate to have these titles so they tend to be more reputable.

 

If you are looking for someone to tell you what to do then a therapist in its traditional form isn’t what you are looking for. Specific trained therapy isn’t about telling you what you should or shouldn’t do, it’s about empowering you to have the confidence to make the decisions you want to make. Trained therapists support and guide you through some very difficult circumstances and ensure you have the tools to help you through these challenges. Life coaches, counsellors, therapists, and psychologists simply don't have the training to do this work. 

For more detail on life coaches, counsellors, therapists and psychologists please view the 'therapist' section of the website. The section also gives some clarity and guidance on therapy and what to look out for. 

One final note of caution, there are many different perspectives on therapy so please use this as a guide and not a 'prescription'. In fact, it can feel like every therapist has a different opinion of therapy. Don't let this bamboozle you. Read the descriptions and links on our website, follow our guidance, and don't be afraid to ask any prospective therapist the questions highlighted.

This site offers the opportunity to use the information provided to tailor the support you might need but everybody’s circumstances are unique to them and there will always be individual differences. Decisions should be taken only after considering the effects on specific circumstances. Therefore, the information contained on this website is for information purposes only. If you are on this website then you are likely looking for meaningful support (which we all need) and we would always suggest that you speak with a licensed professional. 

If you need help for a mental health crisis or emergency, it's important to know that support services are available for you to access, whatever you’re going through. If you've already been given a crisis line number to use in an emergency, it's best to call it. Otherwise you can call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans, or email: jo@samaritans.org for a reply within 24 hours. Or text "SHOUT" to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text "YM" if you're under 19. You can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline if you are under 19. The number will not appear on your phone bill. You can also call 111 or ask for an urgent GP appointment. If you don't feel like you can keep yourself or someone else safe then call 999 or visit your local A&E. These services will only share your information if they are very worried about you or think you are in immediate danger.

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