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Audrey Berger, PhD - Life Coach

RADIO INTERVIEW WITH AUDREY BERGER, PH.D ABOUT TURNING POINT LIFE COACHING

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Psychotherapy focuses on addressing significant emotional distress, problems or crises, and often involves examining past experiences. Psychotherapy is oriented toward improved functioning and emotional healing. Since therapy can only be done in an office setting, it's necessary to live in the Rochester, NY area to receive psychotherapy from Audrey Berger, Ph.D. [You can learn more about her psychotherapy services, by visiting www.audreybergerphd.com.]

ABOUT AND CONTACT

You will be contacted as soon as possible, to discuss your situation and what you hope to achieve with life coaching. If it seems that life coaching is an appropriate choice for you, then a 45 minute complimentary coaching session will be scheduled. Coaching is generally done over the phone, but for those who live in the Rochester, NY area, it can also be done in the office. The complimentary coaching session will provide you with an opportunity to experience the benefits of life coaching, and to see whether Turning Point Life Coaching is a good fit for you. If it is a good fit, we move forward. If it's not a good fit, we talk about some alternatives that are available, and you will be referred to the appropriate person/place.

WHO DOES THE COACHING AT TURNING POINT LIFE COACHING?
DOES TURNING POINT LIFE COACHING ONLY WORK WITH THE ISSUES DISCUSSED ON THIS WEBSITE? 

If Turning Point Life Coaching does not work with your issues, you will be referred to a coach who does work with your issues.

IF I DECIDE TO CONTACT TURNING POINT LIFE COACHING, WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?
HOW LONG ARE THE LIFE COACHING SESSIONS?
HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT THE LIFE COACHING PROCESS TO TAKE?

The length of time is really up to you. We generally schedule a month at a time. However, change takes time, and we generally recommend that you stay with the process for a minimum of 3 months, to get a true sense of whether life coaching is working for you. If it is working well, you may certainly continue for as long as it continues to be useful for you. Sometimes people do life coaching for a period of time, stop for a while if they have achieved the goals they set, and then begin again at some later date if they wish to do more work. If, at any time, you feel that you would like to end the coaching relationship because you feel like you are done, or because you feel you aren't getting what you want, you always have the option to stop. If you want to stop but you still have work you want to do, a referral can be made to another life coach.

There are a number of different packages available at Turning Point Life Coaching, depending on how frequently you would like to meet, and your preference in terms of session length. The available options will be discussed if we move into a coaching relationship.

Life coaching is not covered by health insurance because it is not used to treat psychological issues that warrant a diagnosis. It is the same as with any other health-related service you may obtain: if it is not being used to treat a diagnosable condition, generally speaking, it's not covered by health insurance.

  WHAT ARE "ACTIONABLE" OR "COACHABLE" GOALS?

There are a number of reasons why people can have a lot of difficulty achieving their goals and dreams. It's important to get clarity on your vision of what you want, and create a workable plan to get there. Again, expectations and beliefs are important here, but so is how you define your goals and construct your action plan.  And, it can also be really important to have an accountability partner that helps keep you on track to reach your goals. In fact for some people, the magic ingredient they need to finally reach their goals, is an "accountability partner" who is also invested in seeing them achieving the desired outcome.

IS LIFE COACHING COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE?

Life coaching is about creating the life you want, and empowering you to make your dreams and goals a reality. Many people have goals or dreams that they haven't pursued because they don't know how, or they don't think they can. A personal life coach helps people clarify what they want, identify what's holding them back from getting what they want, and then helps create a pathway to reach those goals. Does that sound like something that could be helpful in your life? More information on the philosophy at Turning Point Life Coaching can be found on the Philosophy page of this website.

I'VE HEARD ABOUT LIFE COACHING BEFORE, BUT I STILL DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS.  WHAT IS LIFE COACHING, AND WHY SHOULD I EVEN CONSIDER IT?

Of course Turning Point Life Coaching works with the issues described on this website, but we work with other issues as well. However, we do specialize in some of the issues described on the "Life Transitions,"  "Life Challenges" and "Relationships" pages.  Please feel free to use the form on the Contact page to learn more and ask any questions you may have.


WHAT HAPPENS IF I CONTACT YOU, AND IT TURNS OUT THAT TURNING POINT LIFE COACHING DOESN'T WORK WITH MY ISSUES? 




Life coaching is a goal-oriented and results-oriented process, in which the coach and client establish a collaborative relationship for the purpose of helping the client meet his or her goals. Coaching is focused on the present and on 'creating' the future. Since coaching is frequently done over the phone, you will be able to work with our coach, Audrey Berger, Ph.D. no matter where you are located. Coaching is not covered by insurance.

 

Absolutely not! Life coaching isn't about self-indulgence at all. It's about creating a rewarding and meaningful life, about making all you can of your life and doing all you can with your life. For some people, that could even mean a life of service to others, with little indulgence of any kind.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Audrey Berger, Ph.D. is the coach at Turning Point Life Coaching.  You can get more information on the About Audrey Berger, PhD page.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COACHING, AND HOW CAN I TELL WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
IT SEEMS KIND OF 'PIE IN THE SKY' TO SAY "YOU CAN CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT."  WHAT MAKES YOU THINK IT'S EVEN POSSIBLE FOR ME TO DO THAT?

This is a completely reasonable question, and this type of skepticism is understandable.  First, we will talk and determine whether life coaching is a good option for you at this point in your life. Sometimes people need psychotherapy to work on issues that wouldn't be addressed properly in coaching.

After we determine that you are ready for Life Coaching, and that you and I are a good fit, we will discuss your current reality, identify what you want and what's holding you back, and then we will establish a pathway toward your goals, one step at a time.  People often struggle with achieving goals because they don't know what to do to maximize the probability of success in achieving their goals. Together we will establish the steps that will move you in the direction you choose. In life coaching you are agreeing to be accountable for the commitments you make. 

BUT ISN'T IT TRUE THAT DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT INNATE CAPABILITIES?  THEN HOW CAN DIFFERENT PEOPLE EXPECT SIMILAR OUTCOMES?

That's another reasonable question.  There is no implication that different people with different interests, backgrounds, skills, and strengths will have the same outcomes. It is true that not everyone can do absolutely anything in the universe. Life coaching makes no guarantee of an outcome as specific as you being able to become, for example, a brain surgeon or President. But, that's not really how the goals are defined anyway. Together, we look at what you value and the strengths you have, and what you want to experience in your life. The goals involve achieving greater fulfillment from your life.

OK, THAT ALL MAKES SENSE, BUT I AM STILL SKEPTICAL THAT I WILL BE ABLE TO SET AND REACH GOALS THAT I'VE NOT BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE BEFORE IN MY LIFE.

So many people are limited by their beliefs about themselves and their life. When expectations and perspectives are adjusted to maximize the possibilities, and actionable (or "coachable") goals are put in place, those possibilities can begin to come within reach. Of course, you may need to push yourself somewhat, in order to move beyond what is familiar and comfortable, develop new skills, or even risk disappointment if you find that a road you've chosen isn't getting you where you want to go. If that happens, we find another way for you to get where you want to go, and make any adjustments that might be helpful. Reaching for dreams isn't simple, but nothing worthwhile ever is.

Sometimes it is helpful to obtain the support and guidance of others, which is often family and friends. But, there are times when it's helpful to have someone outside your familiar circle who believes in you, and who is invested in helping you achieve your dreams and goals. So whether it's working with your beliefs about what is possible for you, or more clearly defining the path and working on ways to move toward your desired destination, or any other components of the coaching process, having this type of support and guidance can help you turn your hopes and dreams into reality.

ISN'T IT JUST SELF-INDULGENT TO FOCUS ON CREATING THE LIFE I WANT?