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What is Psychological Consulting/Behavioral Coaching?
Psychological Consulting is a way of extending the specialized knowledge of psychology through the process of consultation or coaching. Often times, this consists of customized training via which an individual or group is supported while achieving a specific personal or professional competence, result, or goal. Unlike in therapy, as a consultant/coach, I may offer you direct advice and/or guidance. The process is advisory in nature. As a consultant, I assume no direct responsibility for the acceptance or implementation of the information I provide. Rather, my role is to offer educated guidance focused on helping you learn about the behavioral change process and identify ways you can apply this new knowledge to reaching your goals. The process can involve assessment, examining values and motivation, setting measurable goals, defining focused action plans, and using newly learned skills to move you toward success.
What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Behavioral Coaching?
Consulting and psychotherapy are similar in that they all help people address problems. Historically, psychotherapy treats psychological concerns, distress and/or psychiatric disorders. It often involves the exploration of early childhood experiences, patterns of functioning, identifying areas of conflict, and resolves psychological distress through application of evidenced based therapeutic techniques (i.e. cognitive behavioral interventions etc.). Psychotherapy usually involves meeting on a consistent weekly basis over a period of months or years. The process is more formalized with specific limits and boundaries in place to ensure confidentiality and security within the therapeutic relationship. The therapist keeps a chart including a treatment plan and session notes.
Consultation/coaching, on the other hand, is usually more informal, short-term or is on a as-needed basis. It does not categorize people by diagnoses, nor does it deliver specialized therapeutic interventions. A consultant/coach helps a client better understand his/her dilemma, empowers the client with information to best decide how he/she would like to address the dilemma, and offers direct advice and guidance. The role of a consultant is as an expert. Unlike psychotherapy, the process is directive and information based.