Along the journey of life, we can encounter some obstacles that can make us beg this question. Should I see a professional to help me along, and if I should, who can help me best? Getting a better understanding on the roles of these professionals may help you make a better decision and ultimately create a better life for yourself.

Let us start with the life coach. A life coach is a trained professional who help people set personal and professional goals that will give them the life they desire. Typical life coaching clients are people who may feel stuck, uncertain of how to accomplish their goals, or want to make a change in their lives. A life coach can help you reach your personal and professional goals faster and with less stress. Working with a life coach may be appropriate for people who have minor mood issues due to their life situations but are not seriously impaired by feelings of sadness or anxiety.

A therapist is a trained and licensed individual who received anywhere between 2 and 6 years of education. A social worker (LCSW), a marriage and family therapist (MFT), a psychologist (PhD), or a psychiatrist (MD or DO) can provide therapy treatment. This intervention is appropriate for people who are experiencing emotional issues that interfere with their ability to function in their regular life activities. Therapist can also help people who are not impaired but would like help with gaining some clarity on their life and goals.

Finally, a psychiatrist is a medical doctor, just like your family physician or a surgeon. They receive 12 years of education and are able to provide both therapy and medications. Psychiatrist help is appropriate for a full spectrum of issues, from simply feeling stuck in your life to having severe mood issues that may make even simple life tasks impossible. However, one does not have to be “crazy” to see a psychiatrist. These are highly trained and experienced professionals, who are able to treat a wide variety of issues and help people build the life they desire.

Regardless whether you decide to see a coach, a therapist, or a psychiatrist, it will be one of the most important and gratifying decisions of your life. These professionals can help you accomplish your life goals, develop healthy relationships, and live a happy and healthy life you deserve. Call us today to find the perfect fit for you.