Let me take a moment to comment on the differences between life coaching and psychotherapy, as some think that the two professions are the same. Each profession is committed to improving the lives of others, and each does just that. I have worked as a psychotherapist and a life coach, and I now offer life coaching, relationship coaching, and professional coaching to all of my clients. As a psychotherapist, my role was to help people stabilize and recover from mental health problems. Life coaching is different, as it does not focus on treating mental health problems. Life coaching focuses on life direction, discovery, and meeting life goals. Coaching's ultimate purpose is to assist clients find greater happiness and fulfillment. Life coaching is all about assisting people discover and live the life they've imagined.
How I Treat Clients
The most important theories, methods, and ideas I use when I work with my clients originated with Carl Rogers. Roger's ideas and methods are the foundation upon which all other theories and methods I use rest. Rogers is well known for introducing what is called "unconditional positive regard". Rogers believed that helping professionals must be responsible for providing clients with safe spaces in which to work, and to extend unconditional positive regard to all clients. Rogers postulated that in an atmosphere of complete acceptance and positive regard, internalized shame would nullify, and clients would change and grow. The atmosphere itself would act to free the client of shame and judgment. Rogers believed that work performed in an atmosphere free of judgment, where unconditional positive regard was present, would lead to greater healing. Remarkably, he was right.
When I meet with clients I do my best to provide a supportive, warm and accepting experience. I believe client healing and growth occurs at a higher level when a trusting, supportive environment is provided, and I strive to provide a safe, trusting, and emotionally warm experience. I believe that success depends entirely on the client’s full trust in the coach and the coaching method, and that providing unconditional positive regard is essential.
What I Offer
Although Rogers' work is the foundation of my work with clients, I use other methods as well. This list briefly outlines what I offer my clients:
Life Coaching. Different than therapy, life coaching focuses on an individual’s growth and other life improvements they can make. Unlike traditional psychotherapy, as a life coach my task is not the treatment of any mental health disorders the client may be presenting. For example, a life coaching client may identify a goal as expanding his or her social relationships. Another example would be a professional goal. The client may desire a new job, or being promoted at his current job. For further information on life coaching, I invite you to visit my website, https://www.drlarrycohen.com. The most important goal of life coaching is to work with clients on living a full, meaningful, happy life.
Couples Coaching - I am knowledgeable and have experience working with couples, both gay and straight. Dysfunction within couples is frequent, and common complaints include communication problems, difficulty building intimacy, and simply getting along better to live happier lives.
Professional Coaching - I work with professionals who desire greater professional growth or need assistance improving their professional lives.
Mood-Enhancement – I am trained and experienced in cognitive theory and in the methods used by Aaron Beck. His methods have been tested and scientifically studied for many years, making them more than reliable and effective in many cases.
Esteem-Building - I use cognitive and positive psychology, and skills used to treat past trauma to assist clients shift their attitudes and feelings about who they are.
Trauma Recovery - If you are a survivor of childhood trauma, be it physical or emotional, I provide treatment focused on resolving past emotions and the impact past trauma has on your adult life. There are many excellent trauma treatments available that help those affected by it. Often, trauma survivors experience emotional and physical problems throughout their lifetime. It is known that when a child is traumatized, their emotional experience often freezes within them, and if not worked on When a child is traumatized, the emotions they experience during the trauma often freeze up inside of them, and may never fully express within the person’s lifetime. It is believes that the child’s underdeveloped emotional faculties cannot process the feelings brought about by abusive experiences. This unresolved trauma can cause the victim to live a sick, dysfunctional life. Child abuse damages many of the persons systems and can cause terrible dysfunctions, from sexual issues to debilitating fears.
Addiction Recovery – At the age of 25, I began my career as a substance abuse counselor. I have experience treating various addictions, and I have worked with addicts and alcoholics my entire career. I have coached clients who were considered untreatable, and I have coached clients who are concerned about sporadic alcohol or drug use. I fully understand 12-step recovery, and I provide recovery coaching to those in addiction recovery. I also coach individuals with other addictions, such as sexual addiction.
LGBTQ-Specific Coaching – Over my career I have worked with many gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual clients. I have expertise relevant to treating members of the gay community.
Young Adults ages 25 to 35 – I believe the age range of those transitioning from early adulthood to mature adulthood has shifted. I have worked with many men and women in this category, assisting them with their transition into mature adulthood.
Experience and Education
Clinical research has found that the number one curative factor in treatment is called ‘non-specific factors’. That is, we still don’t know as much about the efficacy of treatment as we should. I, among others, are convinced that this ‘non-specific factor‘ is the quality of the relationship between the clinician and the client. Clearly, I cannot predict if I am the right professional for you to work with. However, reviews written by my current and past clients are available on my website, https://www.drlarrycohen.com.
I have been employed in the helping professions since age 25, and I have 30 years of experience as a psychotherpist, life coach, researcher, and teacher. I love my work, and helping people improve their lives is my passion. I have a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago, and spent 6 more years at Chicago as a doctoral student. I am also a certified life coach. I was awarded an NIMH Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Mental Health Services Research while at the University of Chicago, and I was a research fellow in the University's Department of Psychiatry. In addition, I was a research fellow and adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin, as well as an adjunct professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. My clinical experience varies; I have worked in substance abuse treatment facilities, mental health treatment facilities, and have been in private practice since 2004.
There are many theoreticians to choose from, but I am partial to the ideas and methods of these 3:
Carl Rogers: As mentioned, I am a trained Rogerian psychotherapist, and I consider Rogers' methods and ideas as the base of my clinical work.
Aaron Beck: I am also a trained and experienced cognitive-behavioral clinician, and I see order and truth in Beck's application of cognitive therapy.
Hans Strupp: I admire the work of Hans Strupp, and I subscribe to his psychodynamic theories. For example, I firmly believe that traumatic childhood experiences cause psychological damage that negatively impacts a person in adulthood.
To learn more, visit www.DrLarryCohen.com, or call me directly. To schedule an appointment, please contact me at (856) 352-5428.
My Office Address is 1001 White Horse Pike, Ste. 10, Haddon Township, NJ 08107. Please call to schedule an appointment, as there is no walk-in service at this location.