Why would a psychologist be a coach? Why should a coach be a psychologist? While both fields these days seem to be in competition with each other, and each side has a critique for the other, the critiques are important and real! Sometimes we think psychology is only for people with a diagnosable disorder. As a psychologist, I certainly see many people with a wide range of big issues. But psychology isn't just for people who have a diagnosis. We use psychology all the time in every day life. Advertisers use it to get us to buy something. We use it to help our children learn and grow. We use it when we listen to our friends. Psychology is for everyone. Often people who are coaches have very very very little training in psychology. Often coaches have some minimal training in interpersonal skills and asking the right questions. But every one should have the benefits of the knowledge and training and skills psychologists have. Additionally, the critique coaches have of psychologists is that we look to early childhood patterns and take forever for healing. While that may be the case for some, it isn't the case for all. Some things take more work than others. Understanding patterns can be helpful. Coaches sometimes take on patients for long periods of time as well. So the question isn't really about length of time, but fit and expertise. Does the coach/psychologist work for you? Do you feel you are getting what you need? How is the rapport? Do you feel you can trust the person? Does the person have sufficient training and skills? Are you getting where you want to be getting? You have the right to question the work you are doing with your psychologist or coach. You decide if you are reaching the goals you want to be reaching. Challenge the person working with you to get where you want to go. Of course, you have to be ready to work hard too!