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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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  • Over an egg-white omelette, hold the toast, Gerber divulged the first of her many promises designed to keep her own happiness in line: no bread or pasta, and dessert twice a week, provided she's in her ideal weight range. She explained that the key to the Handel Method is making promises to oneself that had to be kept, otherwise there'd be consequences.

    "What kind?" I asked, hearkening back to my decades of abandoned New Year's resolutions. "You have to give up something you like," Gerber declared cheerfully.

    She started looking over my initial homework assignment, "The 18 Areas of Life," which had taken five hours and 12 single-spaced pages to complete. I had to describe my dream vision for everything from my body to my career to relationships and bad habits. After ranking myself in each area on a scale of one to 10, my task was to describe what might be preventing me from living my fantasy. My highest rating (9–10) went to my home, which my husband and I'd recently renovated and was now truly beautiful. On the lower end of the scale were body, health, sex life, and time, which made me feel like a depressing cliché of a working mother.

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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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