Chesapeake Coaching is a relatively new outgrowth of Oyster Point Psychological Practice with its thirty-year history in the Chesapeake Bay Country of eastern Virginia. Both businesses offer professional services helping motivated clients to a healthier level of functioning. Although they share a telephone number, the two businesses operate independently, and the focuses of the two businesses differ in several fundamental respects.
Oyster Point Psychological has a psychotherapy/counseling focus for individuals, couples, and families. The emphasis is one of mental health that focuses upon helping people whose psychological and emotional health are compromised by a variety of factors, and they seek remediation. They often feel sick and wish to be well.
For the most part, these factors include abuse and neglect in one’s formative years and/or traumatic experiences that both client and caregiver agree, point toward a need for treatment and a desire for healing. The psychotherapy service is considered to be behavioral healthcare, and the treatments exist in the domain of behavioral medicine. Billing to health insurance is often involved. Privacy and confidentiality are similar to that provided by physicians, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare providers in the world of physical medicine.
Similarly, coaching services are offered to individuals who have also been compromised by the “software” they have downloaded from trusted individuals during childhood; although, they are not compromised to the extent that they require treatment for a diagnosable condition, nor do they deem themselves to be sick in any way. This damaged software leaves the individual prone to under-functioning in their careers, academic endeavors, and interpersonal relationships, but no mental health scaffolding is required to serve them.
Whereas there is mental health scaffolding around the issues that drive a client to a therapist, this is not true for the coaching client, who wants to perform better in school, sell more real estate, build a bigger and more successful law practice, or succeed sooner rather than later in that fast-food franchise. In recent years, some people speak of their desire to be the best possible version of themselves.
Individuals who wish to discuss their unique situation are invited to call 804-435-6777 to explore the possibility of our working together