Dr. Peters has directed a community mental health clinic and provided direct service to clients in community health care agencies and inpatient/outpatient hospital settings. He has used these fora to educate the public on social policy and health care topics.
Dr. Peters is known for integrating the research-based areas of mindfulness and psychological resilience to support individuals reach their full potential and general well-being. He has published papers; been invited as a guest on network television programs on a variety of topics including depression, eating disorders, and anxiety; and regularly presents at national conferences on topics including organizational stress, mindfulness and psychological resilience, emotional intelligence. and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) including working with persons with psychiatric disorders and learning disabilities. He is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Counseling/Human and Organizational Studies at The George Washington University where he has taught Assessment and Diagnosis, Group Dynamics, and Theories of Psychology.
Counseling vs. Executive Coaching
Counseling and Executive Coaching have areas of overlap but are distinct. For example, the topic of family life may be addressed in both forums. Counseling often explores the personal issues in depth with a focus on the individual’s mental health including diagnosis and treatment. Executive coaching, however, explores areas of personal life with a focus on how it affects the individual in the workplace and their professional endeavors. The International Coach Federation defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Should the individual’s mental health or personal life become a theme that interferes with their role in the workplace, the coaching client is referred out for additional support. The mental health professional may serve at times as both counselor and coach but the executive coach never serves as mental health counselor. As Dr. Peters is trained as both an executive coach and licensed mental health professional, he offers coaching and counseling as distinct services and maintains the boundaries for the ethical practice of each service.
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Dr. Brian J. Peters