Psychiatrist vs Psychologist vs Life Coach — Who is Right for Mental Health Support?

Dr. Christine Sauer, MD ND
29 min readSep 17, 2022

Head to Head Comparison of the Different Mental Health Professions

The decision of psychiatrist vs psychologist can be difficult -and then there are naturopaths and mental health coaches, brain health coaches, brain trainers, and life coaches — Help!

Many people I talk to are confused when they come to me. They know that they don’t feel good, that they are in emotional pain.

They ask themselves: Should I see a psychiatrist or a psychologist?

Most people consult a physician first (good) and — after a brief conversation and maybe a few tests — are told: You have depression and/or Anxiety. And here are some pills to take to help.

Often, that’s it.

They walk away thinking they are defective, something in their system is “out of order”, maybe even they feel even more worthless than before.

I decided to write this article to help clear the confusion and make it very obvious which one to choose in which situation (and it many be not what you thought).

Download This Article as a .pdf


  • Overview
  • Life Coaches vs Health Coaches
  • History of psychiatry, psychology and coaching
  • Psychiatry vs Psychology
  • Should you Hire a Psychiatrist vs Psychologist vs a Coach?
  • What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
  • Psychologist vs Therapist vs Counselor?
  • Why is that important?
  • What is the difference between A Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?
  • Psychiatry vs Therapy…
  • Why is that important?
  • Naturopath and Mental Health?
  • What Is A Life Coach vs Health Coach?
  • Why Am I Working As A Brain Health and Mental Health Coach?
  • What I like about Being a Brain Trainer and Mental Health Coach:
  • By choice: I can choose to keep learning and…



Dr. Christine Sauer, MD ND

German-trained physician, Brain & Mental Health Professional, Educator and Coach; Helping Rising Stars to Sparkle —