Life Performance

San Francisco | New York City

Life Performance

San Francisco | New York City

“Embracing performance and play as catalysts
for new and more creative ways of living,
loving, healing and helping.”


Life Performance Coaching is one of several centers in the U.S. that practice social therapeutics and performance activism in San Francisco, New York City and via videoconferencing.

Social therapeutics is an alternative and radically humanistic approach to human development and social change that relates to people of all ages and life circumstance as social performers and creators of their lives and indeed the world. It grew out of social therapy a non-diagnostic, development focused group psychotherapy that has been in its very practice a challenge to the medical model. Every week in therapy and coaching centers around the country and now the world via the magic of the internet, social therapists and coaches lead diverse groups of people in the intimate, creative, messy activity of building and creating groups where people can get help with the pain that comes from living in a deeply troubled world.

Executive, professional and personal coaching at Life Performance Coaching are for people who are ready to make a serious commitment to growth. We deal with a broad range of development issues with a particular focus on relationship building.

We are excited about the growth of a movement of people across the U.S. and globally who are embracing performance as a catalyst for new and more creative ways of living, loving, healing and helping.

Joyce Dattner


Joyce Dattner is a life performance and executive coach based in New York City and San Francisco, where she directs Life Performance Coaching. She is the former director of the All Stars Project of the San Francisco Bay Area, and now sits on its national Board of Directors. A senior trainer, Joyce has traveled internationally to advance the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy’s performance-based approach to human development. In the early 1970s, she taught in the New York City public schools before joining Institute co-founder, Fred Newman, to develop social therapeutics.

Helen Abel


Helen Abel, a social worker and therapist for more than 40 years, is now bringing her passion and skill for helping people transform painful ways of living their lives to her work as a life coach at Life Performance Coaching. She has been influenced by her training over the last decade in the practice and theory of improvisational theatre, and by her ongoing study of the work of Fred Newman and other postmodern approaches to human development and community building. Helen has come to believe that she can most effectively help people develop by helping them learn how to use their capacity to create, perform and play. As a life coach, Helen helps her clients access these skills as she leads them in creatively developing more effective and impactful conversations with their friends, family and colleagues.

Dr. Raquell Holmes joins Life Performance Coaching staff to offer online life performance coaching for professionals in scientific and technical fields. Her goal is to create an environment in which everyone can get help with the emotional, performative, and strategic (philosophical and political) challenges of creating their careers. This includes, and is not limited to, pursuing graduate degrees, early career jobs or social innovations in the culture and practice of science research and education. 
“Social therapeutics,” Holmes remarks, “the name says so much. It is a practice of talking with others that challenges our assumptions about how we have to work, what others are supposed to be doing, why our work environment is so stressful, to name a few.”

As a long time life coach, Randy Wilson is a skilled and effective leader of creating environments that are challenging and loving and that help clients become more creative choice makers. Having grown to meet many challenges in his life, including living with HIV for nearly 4 decades, he has come to believe that participating in building community focused on the development of all involved helps to reshape and redefine emotional and physical pain.

People respond in all sorts of ways to how they experience pain in their lives including using alcohol, drugs and/or sex to “medicate” themselves. Randy specializes in helping his clients recreate their relationship to that pain, both physical and emotional by helping them transform how they live their lives with others. Trained in Life Performance Coaching’s performance-based approach to development, Randy believes that people from all walks of life can come together and learn how to use our human capacity to perform to create new and effective ways of relating to ourselves, our friends and to the world.

Musical Conversations

with Helen Abel & Sean Garrett

Life Performance Coaching invites you to jump-start your weekend with a healthy dose of creativity. Discover how play helps develop environments that vibrate with creative and emotional growth.

We will focus on creating the rhythm/movement/sound aspects of music in a non-competitive, supportive environment. We will improvise and build our group performance. No previous experience necessary. Feel free to bring musical/percussion instruments that can “blend in”, such as small drums, recorders, ukuleles, etc. Some instruments will also be provided.

Play is at the heart of the social therapeutic approach used at Life Performance Coaching. It allows us to challenge the idea that the creative process is individual-based, and sets us free from the notion that we must “put on a show” as our end product.

Helen Abel is a life performance coach on staff at Life Performance Coaching. She leads many play-based workshops and encourages development by teaching participants to use their capacity to create and perform.

Sean Garrett is a local singer who recently auditioned for television’s “The Voice”, and is the former co-leader of the David Bowie tribute band “Cat People”. He has developed and participated in Life Performance Coaching workshops.

For more information, contact Helen Abel via email here or at 415-846-8739.

Saturday, November 10, 2018
11:00am – 1:00pm
274 14th Street, Suite 301, Oakland
 $25 ($15 for Seniors, Students, Unemployed)

Contact Us

Joyce Dattner

(415) 835-1010, ext. 1


(415) 835-1010, ext. 2

Randy Wilson

(415) 835-1010, ext. 3

Raquell Holmes

(415) 835-1010, ext. 4


Mailing Address

3871 Piedmont Ave #320
Oakland CA 94611-5378

New York City Office

19 West 34th St #PH
New York NY