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I combine principals of psychotherapy with coaching techniques. I will support and challenge you, help you find ways to overcome obstacles, enable you to increase your skills, and guide you to make sound decisions for the life you want to lead.

We will delve into personal and professional matters, organization techniques, life transitions such as graduation from school, marriage, divorce, and children, and creating a healthy work-life balance. This is a personal approach to treatment - each client has different needs and goals, and I alter my approach to best suit each individual’s needs.

This is a flexible process, and it is about you and your needs! In our first session, we will meet in my Beverly Hills office to develop the plan that is best for you. Some clients prefer to meet in traditional 50-minute sessions. Others prefer shorter, 30 minute sessions with telephone and e-mail contact throughout the week.

Treatment Approach:

Step One:
Examine strengths, needs, and derailers
Step Two:
Personal goal assessment/plan
Step Three:
Psychotherapy/Coaching - observation, feedback, process consultation, education, special assignments, reading
Step Four:
Evaluation of process and impact


  1. To help you take action now and move forward to design a positive future.
  2. To help you answer the question, “What do I want my life to look like, and how do I want to feel?”
  3. To facilitate your learning to achieve identified personal and business results.
  4. Use ground rules, time frames, specific goals, and measures of success.
  5. Follow specific steps, from needs analysis and planning to transition and long-term development.
  6. Apply a variety of practices such as problem solving, feedback, dialogue, leadership tools, and referral to other developmental resources.
  7. Focus on leveraging your strengths.


  1. Greater personal and professional success.
  2. Clear sense of purpose.
  3. Personal fulfillment.
  4. Attract and develop meaningful and lasting relationships.
  5. Improved communication skills.
  6. Lead a more balanced life.
  7. Enhanced creativity.
  8. Find your passion.
  9. Acquire the skills to develop a life and career that suits all your needs.

Assumptions of the Process:

  1. The plan will be relevant to your personal needs.
  2. The plan will provide a blue print of experience and coaching to assist in your individual development.
  3. The plan will include the support of family and friends.
  4. The plan will increase your understanding of individual strengths and developmental needs.
  5. The plan will be part of an ongoing process of development.
  6. The plan will reflect your character and learning style.

Responsibilities of the Therapist/Coach:

  1. Do a thorough assessment of strengths and developmental areas.
  2. Understand the personal and work context of the client.
  3. Serve as a sounding board on key issues.
  4. Play “devil’s advocate” and raise sensitive issues.
  5. Assist in exploring options and alternative strategies for actions before acting.
  6. Prepare written developmental plan with action steps, timelines, and method to assess progress.
  7. Debrief interactions and situations, identifying “lessons learned.”
  8. Provide “flash report” on issues and perceptions of the client gathered from others.
  9. Provide resources – books, articles, materials, and referrals – on relevant issues and developmental areas.

Responsibilities of the Client:

  1. Listen with an open mind and try to avoid defending or justifying behavior.
  2. Pick only a couple of developmental areas, ones that will make a genuine difference if you can improve them and focus on these.
  3. Take the process seriously, do assignments and readings when suggested.
  4. Use others besides your therapist/coach to provide you with feedback on the areas you want to work on.
  5. Call therapist/coach as needed to plan or debrief a tough situation.
  6. Maintain responsibility for change yourself, you need to own your personal development plan.
  7. Give therapist/coach feedback about what is working and what is not working in the process.
  8. Keep notes between sessions on things that have worked and areas of difficulty to focus discussion at later sessions.

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