So what exactly is a lifestyle consultant and how is it different from a life coach?
According to WebMD, a life coach is someone who "provides the drive and guidance their clients need to improve their careers, relationships, and lives." As an article by CBSNews highlights, "anyone can call themselves a professional coach, life coach, personal coach, etc."
Occupational therapists, on the other hand, are healthcare professionals who have graduated from a 2-year accredited Master's program in Occupational Therapy, have passed the National Board of Occupational Therapy Certification Exam, and are licensed and registered in their state of practice. OTs are healthcare professionals whose expertise is in analyzing and breaking down activities to match clients' abilities and lifestyles so that they may participate in the life that they want. Read more about OT in the Occupational Therapy section.
I decided to call my business "Lifestyle Therapy" to dispel misconceptions about occupational therapists and describe what I do with my occupational therapy degree. People tend to think that OTs only work with the upper extremities or help people find jobs, but we do much more than that. My focus with my OT career is in health and wellness and helping people create the lifestyle that they want. I visit each individual's personal space, analyze his/her unique lifestyle and chosen environment, making personalized suggestions, and collaborate with each individual to create a solution and successfully achieve each goal. I help people turn talk regarding lifestyle changes, into action.
In lifestyle therapy, you will not only learn how to empower yourself to set realistic goals and achieve them, you will also learn how your activities and environment may be benefitting or hurting your health. You will eventually learn how to analyze your own daily activities and spaces and come up with solutions that help you to become a more productive/efficient/kind/calm/caring/whatever-you-want person.
Lifestyle therapy is a specialized form of life coaching that uses the healthcare principles of occupational therapy and is based on the analysis of activities so that you may adapt to changes and return to the activities that you want and need to do in your life.