Performance Enhancment Coaching Versus Psychotherapy (Mental Health Counseling)
Both mental performance coaching and psychotherapy are focused on helping clients improve their functioning. One of the main differences is that with psychotherapy or mental health counseling, there is a clinical diagnosis given and the focus is to assist the client's overall wellbeing and mental health. Psychotherapy is a healthcare service and can be covered with insurance, as this type of treatment is considered medically necessary. With my offering of performance enhancement coaching (also called mental performance coaching), however, there is not a clinical diagnosis given, it is not medically necessary and it is not a healthcare service. The focus in my coaching service is to improve or enhance the performer's ability to execute their craft at an enhanced performance.
Please note: When working with me, I cannot offer both services to you. This means that if you work or have worked with me as a coach, I cannot provide you with psychotherapy services. If you are interested in or are already working with me as a psychotherapist and want coaching, you will have to receive coaching from a different provider.
Coaching cannot substitute for, and is not an alternative to, medical or other healthcare diagnosis and treatment when a medical or mental health condition or illness is present.