Life coaching is the practice of connecting your heart with your head – in the sense, of linking your passions (heart), with the right way and mindset (head) to achieve them. So, what life coaches do is support you to achieve a goal in their life, which for whatever reason, you are not managing to achieve.

However, life coaches (like many other professions) do not tell you what to do. You are still the expert in your life. All life coaches can do is support you in finding the right path that works for you.

Achieving a goal may sound similar to what many other professions do, so what is the actual difference between a life coach and a therapist? Therapists can and do work with past issues, traumas, anxiety, depression, and so on. A life coach focuses primarily on the present, and on the future you wish to see yourself have.

And who normally seeks the support of a life coach? Well, many people. Anyone who wishes to achieve personal or professional growth will seek the support of a life coach to achieve it. A life coach also gives you an added accountability – it’s a great support when you know that you have to achieve a goal as you have your life coach waiting to discuss your achievement in the next session!


Mel McElhatton holds a degree in Social Work from the University of Malta. Mel is also the producer of the radio show Niddiskutu s-Sess, and they are one of the facilitators in the IRL – In Real Life team. They can be contacted on You can visit their profile on:




Cashman, K. (2017). Leadership from the inside out: Becoming a leader for life. Berrett-Koehler Publishers