June 30, 2022

“Do they have similar lived experiences? Having similar experiences, especially when it comes to life coaching and business coaching, is important.” — Nicole Lewis-Keeber

The idea of seeking and getting help has become more acceptable in society, in general. More people today are open to talking about their experiences. And the stigma for getting professional help has greatly been diminished, if not entirely eliminated.

There has been an explosion in the field of coaching over the last few years. And the result of all these newly-minted coaches is that getting coached, in all aspects of life is now relatively accessible for more people. It still is one of those things that separates the haves from the have-nots… but as a general statement, more people today have access to coaching.

So, the upshot is professional help is more accessible, and more people are getting help.

If there’s an area in your life that you are having difficulty with, chances are, you’ll be able to find someone who can help you address or overcome the issues.

The challenge with more options is that we now must decide what kind of help we need. Who do we see for what kind of problem? How do we select, and what can we expect from the experience?

All that is the subject of today’s episode and to help me understand the landscape, I’ve invited Nicole Lewis-Keeber who is just the perfect person to chat with about these things!


Nicole Lewis-Keeber is a business therapist and mindset coach who works with entrepreneurs to create and nurture healthy relationships with their businesses. She’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work and has a rich and varied experience as a therapist. Certified in Brené Brown’s Dare To Lead™ methodology, she’s also been featured on numerous media outlets including Fast Company and NPR for her work in breaking the stigma of mental health and business ownership.

She writes and speaks about the impact of small t – trauma on businesses but her biggest, more important work is in combining therapeutic processes with business coaching to help entrepreneurs build emotionally sustainable & financially stable businesses.

In this episode, we talked not only about the differences between therapists and coaches, but also, about the differences between life coaching and business coaching and the 50 shades of gray within those fields.


  • How therapy differs from coaching
  • What kind of help you can expect from a therapist vs a life coach
  • The intersection of life coaching and business coaching, and where the lines get blurred
  • The limits within these fields
  • Nicole’s tips for selecting the right professional help


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A former management consultant and IT leader, Lou Blaser is the editor of Midlife Cues and the host of the Second Breaks podcast. She is also the author of Break Free: The Courage to Reinvent Yourself and Your career. Lou’s work is focused on exploring how to navigate, thrive, and turn midlife into the best phase in our life.