WOAH That sounds like a duel to the death! Haha well it's not..But this is a breakdown of the difference between the two.
So what is a Life Coach?
A life coach focuses on the present and the future.
A therapist focuses on the past (childhood trauma, mental health etc)
A life coach assists in setting, reaching and maintaining goals in life
A therapist explores deep emotional trauma that can uncover why someone behaves a certain way
A life coach encourages immediate action and holds client accountable attain goals
A therapist explores other issues such as Depression, BiPolar, BPD, OCD, and more
A life coach is a sounding board when exploring life with the wellness wheel (Environmental, occupational, spiritual, mental, social, financial, physical) (no diagnosis)
A therapist is a sounding board for diagnosis & understanding of mental health, depression, trauma therapy etc
A life coach is seeking to empower and assist with self discovery after healing the pain
A therapist seeks too remove pain from trauma & emotional hurt
A life coach & client relationship is a partnership to reach your fullest potential
A therapist & client relatinship is more Provider/Patient
Both tackle complex issues, and provide a safe, calm environment for vulnerability and healing. Depending where you are in your healing journey read the above a few times and decide who to seek for assistance. Also, having a life coach and therapist is idle while you healing the past, you're looking towards the future and using all of the above to create your dream life.
I hope this helped explain a bit better & gave you an insight to what I do to empower & assist others with self discovery.