In therapy, mental health concerns are addressed, such as depression or anxiety, where there can be a diagnosable condition. Therapists are trained mental health professionals who have specific licenses based on their graduate education and clinical experience. Therapy is considered a health care service and can be covered by medical insurance. Therapy can be helpful for a variety of concerns that come up during a divorce such as emotional distress, grief/loss, coping with divorce, or processing past emotional events.
In coaching, there is no presumption that there is a mental health concern or that a coach is hired to relieve symptoms. Coaches help with navigating the unknown and stressful experiences. Coaches typically have a mental health or legal professional background/education. Since the focus of coaching is not addressing a mental health concern, it is not covered by insurance. Coaching can specifically be helpful in a divorce to improve skills in co-parenting, parenting, or working through legal services.