What’s the difference between a coach, mentor & a therapist?

What's Coaching?

Here’s a simple way to look at it:

A mentor has lived the life you want. A mentor will tell you what they did to get there so that you can walk a similar path.

A therapist’s goal is to assess & diagnose so that they can prescribe a treatment plan. 

A coach partners with you so that you can discover & be inspired to move toward your own truth, wisdom, and unique path.  

Each of these roles can help you improve the quality of your life in different ways. 

Qualification

I’ve partnered with hundreds of clients coaching thousands of hours with Fortune 500 leaders, creatives & entrepreneurs.  

In addition to having a Bachelor’s & Master’s Degree in Psychology & Organizational Psychology from Stony Brook University & Columbia University, I’m also a certified coach by the ICF (International Coaching Federation), and a Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (a powerful assessment that you’ll experience if we work together).

A word of caution: coaching is not a regulated industry in many countries, so you’ll find coaches with varying qualifications (be sure to do your research). 

You can read more about my training in the FAQs.

Ruth Kao Barr - Stress Coach
Ruth Kao Barr | Founder & Coach

About Me

I’ve been there – woke up in my 30’s & barely recognized myself. “Successful” & put-together on the outside & completely burned out, bored out & numbed out on the inside. And feeling like there’s no way out. 

What I didn’t know at the time was that stress was the symptom, not the problem. 

Magic happens when we connect with our truth.

Today, in my 40’s, I allow myself to be who I am, do what I love every day, serve and connect deeply and with meaning, make my own rules, and surround myself with people and things that light me up. 

I’m grateful that I didn’t ignore my inner protest years ago that “something’s wrong.”

If you’re sensing something similar –

I invite you to clear the noise & reconnect with your truth. 

Everything you want is in the direction of your truth. 

Stress & stuckness is only a sign that something else needs your attention.

Approach

The space where science, mindfulness, and spirituality meets.

My coaching approach is anchored in mindfulness, psychology, neuroscience, spirituality & trauma-informed practices. 

In between our coaching sessions, you will receive reflection sheets to deepen your insights. 

The coaching experience with me is fluid & spaciously held in a guided container. This allows you the safety to explore what’s top of mind & in your heart while achieving your coaching goals. 

What to Expect

Bring your whole self

Every part of you is welcomed, accepted & has a role in your journey.

You're the expert of your life

The most powerful wisdom and creator is within you. I'm here as a guide - the final call is always yours.

You're not broken

I believe you don't need "fixing" or a "diagnosis." What's helpful is self-awareness and a different perspective.

You're independent

My goal isn't to work with you indefinitely- but rather set you up so you thrive on your own.

Me hangin' out with a Silkie during Covid

What else do I believe?