Difference Between Performance Therapy and Coaching
Updated: Feb 3
You have decided that you want to increase performance in an area of your life and are ready to take the next step. The below guide will help you to find exactly the type of service you are looking for:
Therapy (or often referred to as counseling) is provided by someone who has earned at minimum of a master’s degree in a counseling related field such as Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, or Psychology. Most therapists are traditionally trained to assess an individual and diagnose using the DSM-V. This diagnosis is used to create a treatment plan and then guide interventions. This is often referred to as the Golden Thread. A Performance Therapist is trained to do all those things but also focuses on areas of the client’s life where they want to perform at their highest levels. These performance areas may become the focus of therapy and used to determine therapeutic progress. The benefits of a Performance Therapist is that they have the expertise and training to treat complex mental health or addiction issues that may also be impacting performance. Most therapists use therapeutic models such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). You should always ask what model your therapist typically utilizes and ask for a brief description of the model to determine if you think would benefit your particular situations.
Coaching has a similar goal of helping the individual increase performance. As assessment is completed to determine areas of the person’s life that could be the focus of improvements. These goals direct how your time is spent with a coach. Common areas of focus with a performance coach include health and wellness, relationship strategies, improving your environment, and enhancing skills. Some coaches have specific specialties in areas such as executive coaching, sports performance, leadership, or other specific skill areas. Coaching should always be goal driven and your coach should challenge you to perform at your highest level.
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