Psychotherapy and Coaching Services
Dr. Linda Sapadin provides both psychotherapy and coaching services.
What is Psychotherapy?
PSYCHOTHERAPY is a unique experience in which you can safely explore and learn about your feelings, thoughts and behavior in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Most people seek out therapy because they have a strong desire to make their life better, yet are unable to move past or let go of old self-defeating patterns. Difficulties often include relationship turbulence, communication chaos, career confusion, uncontrolled mood changes, intimacy issues, anxiety, depression, stress and tension, all of which interfere with high self-esteem and self-confidence.
Short-term therapy can help you deal with specific problems by clarifying your thoughts, modifying your emotional responses and expanding your options. Long-term therapy can transform your life from one that’s plagued with stress, tension and negativity to one that’s enriched, energized and enthusiastic.
HOW DOES ALL THIS HAPPEN?
There’s no simple answer to this question. There are many types of psychotherapy and therapeutic orientations. My approach to therapy is based primarily on an educational model. I am eclectic, using the best of these methods:
- Cognitive Therapy which focuses on changing irrational beliefs and erroneous thinking.
- Behavior-Modification Therapy which emphasizes changing maladaptive behaviors and avoidance patterns.
- Gestalt Therapy which focuses on acknowledging and accepting all parts of oneself in order to live life as a creative, integrated “whole” person.
- Psychodynamic Therapy which hones in on the importance of relationships, emotions, childhood experiences and inner conflict.
- Systems Therapy (family and couple) which highlights the influence of the system (family, community, work) in which you live and work.
No one school of therapy is best for everyone. I use strategies from different schools to best meet your needs rather than expecting that your needs will fit into my orientation. I interact actively with you providing you with useful ideas, relevant feedback, support and encouragement
What is Coaching?
COACHING is an alternative approach to helping people (and organizations) enhance personal performance. It has been used for many years in the arts and in athletics. In these fields, a coach is considered absolutely necessary in order for an individual or team to achieve star status.
Because coaching has been so successful in helping athletes and artists achieve their goals, it has made a rapid expansion into other areas of life. Coaching is particularly useful for those who know their goals, are well motivated, and are emotionally stable. In both professional and personal coaching, I function as a mentor, a strategist, an idea person, a motivator and a nurturing taskmaster.
HOW DOES COACHING WORK?
Let’s say that you’re a professional, executive, artist or student. Though you (or your organization) are doing well, you know you’re capable of doing even better. Yet, it’s not happening or it’s happening too slowly for your satisfaction. You’re not sure if it relates to anxiety, self-sabotage, procrastination, negative energy, poor communication skills, relationship difficulties or the need for increased knowledge about self-presentation, group dynamics, hierarchical power, marketing strategies or organizational structure.
Think of how helpful it would be if you could discuss your situation with an objective and non-judgmental coach. Though I am not an expert in your field, I am an expert in problem solving, creative thinking, group dynamics, communication skills, relationship skills, emotional expression and modulation.
Working as a team, we define the problem, then help you develop the necessary skills to confront the challenges you face. This is accomplished by creating options and strategies, establishing a plan of action with a timeline, exploring resistance, bolstering confidence and encouraging you to follow through on your game plan.
Coaching sessions are flexible in terms of their frequency. Coaching takes place in person, over the phone or via e-mail. The two latter options are particularly useful for those who live a distance from my office, which is located on Long Island, a short distance from New York City.