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Life Coaching: Better than Therapy?

After two decades of traditional therapy, one skeptical writer gives it a shot.

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  • This must be how cults indoctrinate new members, I think, as I sweat, pant, and fumble the steps. First you break people down physically, then you make them repeat insipid slogans over and over.

    Lately, everyone I know is either seeing a life coach, thinking of seeing one, or thinking of becoming one, but when my friend Rebecca told me about Gerber, who is the president of the executive and life-coaching firm The Handel Group, my ears perked up. A documentary filmmaker whom I consider a connoisseur of so-called self-care, Rebecca always knows the best masseuse, acupuncturist, yoga instructor in town. Over coffee one morning, she confided that a few months of working with Gerber, whom she met through her yoga instructor (of course), had improved her relationships with her mother and husband more than years of therapy with her highly sought-after shrink. Thanks to her coach, Rebecca said, she'd finally begun to see how she contributed to keeping her loved ones stuck in patterns that she supposedly abhorred. "Their unofficial motto is 'Maybe it's you,'?" Rebecca said.

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Life Coaching: Better than Therapy?
After two decades of traditional therapy, one skeptical writer gives it a shot.
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