Understanding the Difference Between Coaching vs. Therapy


Coaching is all about unleashing your potential, building life-long skills and propelling you towards a brighter future by working on the present and future. Unlike therapy, coaching doesn’t involve clinical assessments or deep dives into childhood/family history.  Sessions are not covered by insurance, but rather, it’s an investment in personal growth for a set amount of time. Success hinges on your commitment to the process, guided by skill-building exercises and personalized support tailored to your goals.


With coaching, location is not limited due to licensure  – sessions can occur remotely for accessibility and convenience. It’s a focused journey of growth, identifying and cultivating the skills needed to thrive. Personalized services delve into your unique circumstances, offering resources and structured exercises. Should the need arise, we prioritize your well-being, discussing potential therapy referrals for more specialized support. 


Karen Conlon is a seasoned, New York and Connecticut- licensed therapist, however, she does not provide therapy services to coaching clients.


Therapy is the compass for navigating mental health challenges, providing essential support for addressing clinical levels of need. Unlike coaching, therapy is specifically tailored to address mental health diagnoses that profoundly affect daily functioning, including depression, anxiety disorders, and PTSD. A therapist must be licensed in the state where the client/patient is located during the time that their sessions are taking place, even if meeting via telehealth (remotely).

Therapy entails a formal diagnosis and treatment planning to ensure effective progress monitoring, as well as an on-going look at the biological, social and psychological factors that have impacted your life and ability to cope. Through in-depth exploration, therapy delves into your mental, social, medical, and family history, addressing underlying issues such as family-of-origin dynamics and past traumas to facilitate holistic healing. Some insurances may cover therapy, but there is no guarantee of coverage, as this depends on your insurance provider. Many people choose to pay out of pocket for therapy because they prefer to not have a mental health diagnosis in their health history, or for other personal reasons.


In summary, coaching empowers you to seize your potential and achieve your goals, while therapy provides essential support for navigating clinical mental health challenges. As you can see, both paths offer unique benefits. Feel free to reach out if you still have questions about what might be best for you.

Rates and Fees

Here’s to keeping it simple. I offer two options to choose from:



Commit to three months of one-on-one sessions and save: 

Coaching is provided as an individual or as a couple, paid in full or in monthly installments. Up to four 60-minute meetings per month with flexibility! Meet weekly for one hour or choose to double up for two-hour intensives. Your investment is $1,100 per month or pay in full $3,300 for your three-month tailored program ($300 savings).



Pay as you go:

$300/60-minute Individual session or 60-minute Couples session. Payment will be charged at the start of each session. 



Venmo and PayPal accepted. 

Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or any major accepted credit card.

A valid credit card must be kept on file.

Late cancellation fee (less than 24 hours) is $100.

No-shows are charged the full non-discounted fee (full rate)