A Life Coach is someone who works with clients that have less intense issues than those finding themselves severely impacted by life circumstances. A Life Coach works from a goal and future orientation that can help you make actions in your life as well as gain a new perspective.
However, Life Coaches tend to have little certification and training in the helping field as well as no required supervision. A Life Coach does not focus on past issues or discuss deep rooted material that brings up intense emotions. Nor does a life coach have the ability to provide a mental health diagnosis or have post-graduate level education on mental health issues.