DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ONLINE THERAPY & ONLINE COACHING
There are 3 main differences between online counseling/online therapy, and online coaching:
Therapy is a highly organized profession requiring intensive schooling and license to practice. The counseling license can only be acquired after meeting certain educational and practical criteria as well as going through intensive supervised training. Despite state requirements to receive a license to practice counseling being similar, a Licensed counselor is legally and ethically required to practice only in the state where they have acquired licnesure. Life Coaching does not - as of yet - require formal schooling, and a Life coach can practice life coaching without geographical limitations.
A licensed professional counselor is required by insurance companies to provide a mental health diagnosis for all clients to be paid for service. A Life coach does not need to provide a mental health diagnosis to work with a client.
Most counseling services are covered by insurance. Most life coaching services are not covered by insurance.