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Life Coaching Versus Therapy

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By Arnab Datta, MD 
Published on Feb 17, 2023

A psychiatrist prescribes medication however it’s good if a psychiatrist is well-versed in a variety of psychotherapies. A psychologist provides only psychotherapies. It’s good practice for a psychiatrist to be well versed in a variety of psychotherapies such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, exploration of the conscious and unconscious mind. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) a goal-oriented therapy that explores some of our core beliefs of self-doubt for example. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT); this is helpful for people who are suffering from borderline or narcissistic personality disorder traits. It’s important to see what toxic traits we have in our heart so that we can lead healthier relationships with the people around us. Motivational interviewing is the talk therapy that helps with both drug addiction and behavioral addiction. We all have certain addictions in our life; if we were free of these then perhaps we would be happier. Family and couples therapy is another important branch of psychotherapy where we understand how to communicate with and understand our loved ones. These are fundamental schools of psychotherapy which psychiatrist Arnab Datta, MD provides.

This allows a psychiatrist/therapist/provider to understand the deeper reasons why a person does the things they do. What are some of the core beliefs and limiting beliefs that the patient may be unconsciously cultivating that is sabotaging themselves.

Imagine, if you will, if this psychiatrist/therapist was also practical and goal-oriented in their feedback to their patients? That would make the psychiatrist/therapist a decent life coach. It’s not possible for a psychiatrist/therapist or even a life coach to be a master of every business or have experience in every facet of life. It’s important for the psychiatrist/therapist and life coach to be empathic and have a vision for another person’s life (See Empathic History Taking to see how Arnab Datta, MD teaches these skills). The psychiatrist / therapist and life coach should try their best to understand why a patient/client did what they did in their life. What type of family history they have, what kind of life experiences they had that led to the patient/client making a particular decision or arriving at a certain outcome. This feedback from the psychiatrist / therapist or life coach must come from a place of deep understanding of the patient/client. The provider should be able to see who the patient is from the patient’s shoes, from the patient’s eyes. The feedback should be free of any fear or bias and for the therapeutic benefit of the patient. Arnab Datta, MD calls this “unconscious vision.” To be able to see who the individual is both consciously and unconsciously. 

If the provider is practical in their feedback, then the provider can guide the individual to be successful in both their professional and personal life. This is how a psychiatrist/therapist can be a life coach. The unconscious vision is necessary. The provider needs to see deeply into the blind spots of the individual they’re helping. Often, the individual wants this feedback sooner rather than later, because the individual has goals they want to accomplish. Not all psychiatrists/therapists take one year to diagnose and treat the patient. There are some psychiatrists/therapists who are willing to provide this feedback to patients quicker. However, the way psychiatrists/therapists are educated; they are tactful and when they reveal what’s happening in the individual’s blind spot because the individual can be deeply insulted by this truth. That’s an important aspect of human nature, we don’t want to hear our flaws and foibles. That’s why not everyone is successful. On the other hand, there are others who courageously seek a confidant and a coach to overcome these real life obstacles and hurdles. People don’t need to be isolated islands and not confide in someone objective. Imagine if you had a psychiatrist/therapist who was also your confidant and also your practical life coach. Eventually the goal is for the individual to be able to “fish for themselves.” The eventual goal is for the individual to not need their psychiatrist/therapist or life coach. The goal is for the person to develop the self-realization and self-confidence to solve their problems on their own. This is the type of service Arnab Datta, MD offers and teaches.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

FAQ's

There is a practical and actionable aspect to life coaching. However, the secret is that the life coach must understand what is holding the individual back. It’s good if the life coach has the insight to see any core beliefs the individual might have that are sabotaging them or holding them back. This is a psychological endeavor; it’s digging into the unconscious mind, so there’s some psychodynamic therapy involved. However, a life coach makes all of these things actionable. A life coach helps keep the individual accountable for overcoming their self-sabotaging behaviors and for moving forward in a step-by-step way so they can accomplish their goals. Dr. Datta offers both of these things.

Counseling or psychotherapy can uncover core beliefs that are hidden in one’s unconscious mind and might be sabotaging someone. These things need to be mastered before one can accomplish certain goals in their personal life or professional life; that’s where life coaching comes in. Ideally, it’s good if your provider is both a goal-oriented and practical person, which would make them a decent life coach. As well as having the psychological insight to see what’s happening and, unconsciously, what’s happening in your blind spot. Arnab Datta, MD, is a psychiatrist who does both.

This question is posed in too much of a foreign way; that’s why I’m not going to answer it. Anyone who reads this will know that this website was created by a foreign company. As a result, users and customers won’t come. They’ll think that it’s spam. If you are doing the proper market research for me, show me that you know how to pose questions correctly to me. If you’re going to work with American clients, you’ve got to pose questions correctly for us. Because the American clients fear we’re going to be seen as a foreign business, A lot of these Chinese businesses are spammy and nefarious, and every American knows that.

It’s good if a life coach has insight into your unconscious mind. It’s good if a life coach also has the skills of a therapist; that would be your best-case scenario. It’s the best-case scenario if the life coach not only gives you practical goal-oriented feedback regarding the specific goal that you want to accomplish but also can see how you are holding yourself back unconsciously. Arnab Datta, MD, is a psychiatrist who does both

Sometimes there’s a stigma when a person comes to see a psychiatrist or a psychotherapist. I don’t think any such stigma needs to exist. People just need to be educated about what a psychiatrist does. Every psychiatrist has a different philosophy and might work differently. Arnab Datta, MD, is a psychiatrist who provides life coaching.

There is a practical and actionable aspect to life coaching. However, the secret is that the life coach must understand what is holding the individual back. It’s good if the life coach has the insight to see any core beliefs the individual might have that are sabotaging them or holding them back. This is a psychological endeavor; it’s digging into the unconscious mind, so there’s some psychodynamic therapy involved. However, a life coach makes all of these things actionable. A life coach helps keep the individual accountable for overcoming their self-sabotaging behaviors and for moving forward in a step-by-step way so they can accomplish their goals. Dr. Datta offers both of these things.

Counseling or psychotherapy can uncover core beliefs that are hidden in one’s unconscious mind and might be sabotaging someone. These things need to be mastered before one can accomplish certain goals in their personal life or professional life; that’s where life coaching comes in. Ideally, it’s good if your provider is both a goal-oriented and practical person, which would make them a decent life coach. As well as having the psychological insight to see what’s happening and, unconsciously, what’s happening in your blind spot. Arnab Datta, MD, is a psychiatrist who does both.

This question is posed in too much of a foreign way; that’s why I’m not going to answer it. Anyone who reads this will know that this website was created by a foreign company. As a result, users and customers won’t come. They’ll think that it’s spam. If you are doing the proper market research for me, show me that you know how to pose questions correctly to me. If you’re going to work with American clients, you’ve got to pose questions correctly for us. Because the American clients fear we’re going to be seen as a foreign business, A lot of these Chinese businesses are spammy and nefarious, and every American knows that.

It’s good if a life coach has insight into your unconscious mind. It’s good if a life coach also has the skills of a therapist; that would be your best-case scenario. It’s the best-case scenario if the life coach not only gives you practical goal-oriented feedback regarding the specific goal that you want to accomplish but also can see how you are holding yourself back unconsciously. Arnab Datta, MD, is a psychiatrist who does both

Sometimes there’s a stigma when a person comes to see a psychiatrist or a psychotherapist. I don’t think any such stigma needs to exist. People just need to be educated about what a psychiatrist does. Every psychiatrist has a different philosophy and might work differently. Arnab Datta, MD, is a psychiatrist who provides life coaching.

There is a practical and actionable aspect to life coaching. However, the secret is that the life coach must understand what is holding the individual back. It’s good if the life coach has the insight to see any core beliefs the individual might have that are sabotaging them or holding them back. This is a psychological endeavor; it’s digging into the unconscious mind, so there’s some psychodynamic therapy involved. However, a life coach makes all of these things actionable. A life coach helps keep the individual accountable for overcoming their self-sabotaging behaviors and for moving forward in a step-by-step way so they can accomplish their goals. Dr. Datta offers both of these things.

Counseling or psychotherapy can uncover core beliefs that are hidden in one’s unconscious mind and might be sabotaging someone. These things need to be mastered before one can accomplish certain goals in their personal life or professional life; that’s where life coaching comes in. Ideally, it’s good if your provider is both a goal-oriented and practical person, which would make them a decent life coach. As well as having the psychological insight to see what’s happening and, unconsciously, what’s happening in your blind spot. Arnab Datta, MD, is a psychiatrist who does both.

This question is posed in too much of a foreign way; that’s why I’m not going to answer it. Anyone who reads this will know that this website was created by a foreign company. As a result, users and customers won’t come. They’ll think that it’s spam. If you are doing the proper market research for me, show me that you know how to pose questions correctly to me. If you’re going to work with American clients, you’ve got to pose questions correctly for us. Because the American clients fear we’re going to be seen as a foreign business, A lot of these Chinese businesses are spammy and nefarious, and every American knows that.

It’s good if a life coach has insight into your unconscious mind. It’s good if a life coach also has the skills of a therapist; that would be your best-case scenario. It’s the best-case scenario if the life coach not only gives you practical goal-oriented feedback regarding the specific goal that you want to accomplish but also can see how you are holding yourself back unconsciously. Arnab Datta, MD, is a psychiatrist who does both

Sometimes there’s a stigma when a person comes to see a psychiatrist or a psychotherapist. I don’t think any such stigma needs to exist. People just need to be educated about what a psychiatrist does. Every psychiatrist has a different philosophy and might work differently. Arnab Datta, MD, is a psychiatrist who provides life coaching.

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