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Unlocking Your You-est You: Coaching vs Therapy

Have you ever been to a therapist or a coach? Are you curious to know what the difference is? Did you know that although they are different modalities, there are more similarities than you might think?

In this episode, I brought back my dear friend and colleague, Molly Carmel, a psychotherapist and certified Life Designer coach, to dive deep into a fascinating topic that often sparks curiosity and confusion: the difference between therapy and coaching. Join us as we unravel these two transformative paths toward personal growth and mental well-being.

Molly and I had such a real and raw conversation about authenticity, doing the inner work, the surprising power of coaching, and why she chose to go through the Life Designer Coach certification program.

Meet Molly Carmel

Molly Carmel, LCSW-R is a leading addictions and eating disorder therapist and Founder of The Beacon Program (Beacon by MC), which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. Known for her irreverent, “straight talk, no chaser” attitude, she’s also the author of the innovative book Breaking Up with Sugar: A Plan to Divorce the Diets, Drop the Pounds, and Live Your Best Life and the host of the podcast, What You’re Craving. Molly has made it her life’s mission to help people find a sustainable solution to the battle of obesity and related eating disorders. After battling an eating disorder for over 20 years and finding no solution in available treatment, she began her professional path and has never looked back. In addition to her extensive training in Substance Use and Eating Disorders, Molly is intensively trained in and has an undying love for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She is also a certified Life Designer Coach, trained shaman, Reiki healer, and certified Tibetan bowl singing practitioner.

How Does Coaching and Therapy Differ

First off, I like to say that coaching and therapy are like PB & J; they go beautifully together and are respectfully a distinct healing modality. While therapy and life coaching share some common aims, their approaches differ.

Both support self-insight and positive change. However, therapy focuses on addressing psychological challenges and trauma and diagnosing mental health issues. There is a greater focus on one’s past and understanding, expressing, and healing past traumas and challenges.

Life coaching complements therapy by starting with the client’s existing strengths and helping them set and achieve personal and professional goals for the future. There is a greater focus on the present and future, using the past to learn, grow, and harvest lessons. Coaches take a forward-moving, solutions-oriented, growth-oriented approach. The coaching relationship centers on accountable, empowered clients ready to create the life they want.

However, coaches recognize when clinical therapy is the right step. The two modalities can work powerfully together, with therapy helping people overcome obstacles from the past and coaching propelling them toward the life they aspire to create. Ultimately, both therapy and coaching are powerful tools for transformation.

Thinking of Becoming a Spiritual Life Coach?

Want to do something that fulfills a higher purpose? Eager to put your head on the pillow at night, feeling like you’re doing good in the world? Do others naturally confide in you and share their deepest, dark secrets? If so, you need to check out the Life Designer Coach Academy, a spiritual life coach certification that will give you the necessary tools, framework, proven practices, guidance, and experience to become masterful as a life coach. Learn more about the next cohort starting in October 2023 at

A Free Toolset To Design Your Best Life

This stunning free toolset is a 7-day workbook (25 pages full) of powerful mindset practices, grounding meditations (and audio), a new beautiful time management system, and a template to set your personalized schedule for your best productivity, a personalized energy assessment, and so much more. It was designed to specifically help you uplevel your routine and self-care habits for success so you can radiate and become your ‘You-est You’. These tools are some of Julie’s best practices used with hundreds of her clients to help you feel more confident, clear, and connected to your best self so that you feel inspired to take on the world.

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Looking To Help Others Get Unstuck and Design Their Best Life?

If you are feeling a strong urge to help other big-hearted empaths get unstuck and design their best life, you’ve got to check out my Life Designer Coach Academy. This world-class four-month virtual live coach certification program will give you proven tools, techniques, practices, and methodology to be a powerful coach. This coaching program is for aspiring and current coaches looking to fill in the missing pieces and gain confidence and mastery both in the coaching core competencies and the integrative health modalities from a mind-body science, positive psychology, and healing arts perspective. To learn more, go to

You-est You Intention Cards

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Sacred Connection

This community is a sacred, safe place built on love and acceptance. It was created to help you evolve and expand into your highest self. Please share your wisdom, comments, and thoughts. I love hearing from you and learning how you are being your truest, you-est you. Please join us in our Facebook group: The You-est You Podcast Community.

Join host Julie Reisler, author and multi-time TEDx speaker, each week to learn how you can tap into your best self and become your You-est You to achieve inner peace, happiness, and success at a deeper level! Tune in to hear powerful, inspirational stories and expert insights from entrepreneurs, industry thought leaders, and extraordinary human beings that will help to transform your life. Julie also shares a-ha moments that have shaped her life and career and discusses key concepts from her book Get a PhD in YOU.

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Here’s to your being your ‘You-est You!’

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