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Buddhist psychology—and the Shankya yoga science from which it issues – describes seven psychological characteristics that inform our four life meta-categories (work, relationship, self and spirit) and also map directly to the various needs spectrums found in Western motivational psychology. My Integral Life Coaching model considers these four areas of life experience--self-development, relationships, work-life balance and self-awareness--helping clients lead their best life.
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Finding a recovery coach to work with you on your unique journey can sometimes be as challenging as the journey itself. My work connects me with people all over the country who, like you, may be finding it difficult to access help in your immediate area. Call me for a FREE 15-minute consultation so we can further explore the possibilities of working together.
Board certified counselor and integral life coach serving individuals, couples, families and organizations in Doylestown, Bucks County PA and nationally.
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Thanks, it's good to see more post such as this, being in recovery , working & volunteering in the recovery field, I find it to be more beneficial in more & more situation working as a coach, than a counselor.
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The business side of private practice is something that eludes many, if not most, mental health professionals. As an outgrowth of his practice, Philadelphia-area psychologist Melvin Varghese has created an iTunes podcast called Selling the Couch, which is an on-going series of interviews with thought leaders in practice building, marketing and social media like Keri Nola, Becky DeGrossa and Cory Bank, among others. I interviewed Dr. Varghese about his experience developing the project, and his perspective on the therapist as solopreneur. A full list of current interviews is available at the end of the interview.
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I recently had the opportunity to do an interview with Philadelphia-area psychologist Melvin Varghese on being a professional blogger, as well as talking about my personal approach and perspective on working with clients, for his Selling The Couch iTunes podcast.
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[New Post] Impulse control, or self-regulation, serves a number of purposes. On a personal level, it keeps us out of trouble. On a larger scale, it prevents the social fabric from unraveling any more than it’s inclined to anyway. When “I shouldn’t” becomes “I can’t,” however, we can end up creating obstacles for ourselves that interfere, not only with our self-development, but with our basic happiness.
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[New post] The recent controversy swirling around NBC News anchor Brian Williams prompts a larger question about our motivations for deceiving one another. In examining that question, what's most surprising is not simply that we lie, but how often and to what end.
While Mr. Williams' didn't really do anything differently than what we apparently all do every day, his cultural standing amplifies his indiscretion, making his actions seemingly all the more egregious....
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Parents of addicts are confronted with a unique set of challenges. One of those challenges is re-investing trust in a child or young adult travelling recovery's long road. My work connects me with people all over the country who, like you, may be finding it difficult to access help in your immediate area. Call me for a FREE 15-minute consultation so we can further explore the possibilities of working together.
One of the more difficult challenges facing those confronted with addiction has to do with the social consequences that they create for themselves by virtue of that addiction. Parents, spouses, employers and significant others are faced with a relationship that engenders a constant potential for relapse and, in the face …
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The business side of private practice is something that eludes many, if not most, mental health professionals. As an outgrowth of his practice, Philadelphia-area psychologist Melvin Varghese has created an iTunes podcast called Selling the Couch, which is an on-going series of interviews with thought leaders in practice building, marketing and social media like Keri Nola, Becky DeGrossa and Cory Bank, among others. I interviewed Dr. Varghese about his experience developing the project, and his perspective on the therapist as solopreneur. A full list of current interviews is available at the end of the interview.
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I recently did an interview with Philadelphia-area psychologist Melvin Varghese on being a professional blogger and the importance of writing and blogging for practice building on his Selling The Couch iTunes podcast. I also had the opportunity to talk about my personal approach and perspective on working with clients.
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Are you struggling to understand your role in your son or daughter’s recovery? I collaborate both face-to-face and via telephone or Internet with parents of children challenged by dependence to help them better understand how they can best support their child, while assisting them in keeping their own lives on track. Call me today to set up a FREE 15-minute consult to see how I can help. 
Board certified counselor and integral life coach serving individuals, couples, families and organizations in Doylestown, Bucks County PA and nationally.
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[New Post] Impulse control, or self-regulation, serves a number of purposes. On a personal level, it keeps us out of trouble. On a larger scale, it prevents the social fabric from unraveling any more than it’s inclined to anyway. When “I shouldn’t” becomes “I can’t,” however, we can end up creating obstacles for ourselves that interfere, not only with our self-development, but with our basic happiness.
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Here's my latest at Huffington Post. I talk about the Brian Williams controversy, the psychology of deception and offer a few truths about lying (oxymoron intended).
While Mr. Williams' didn't really do anything differently than what we apparently all do every day, his cultural standing amplifies his indiscretion, making his actions seemingly all the more egregious....
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Board Certified Counselor | Integral Life Coach | Blogger @ Psychology Today & Huffington Post
Introduction

Board Certified Counselor and Integral Life Coach committed to supporting transformational development by integrating Eastern and Western psychology, motivation science and emotional intelligence.

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Founder/Director, LifeWorks Compass, LLC; Executive Director, World Society of Motivation Scientists and Professionals; Blogger at Psychology Today; Blogger at Huffington Post; Contributing Professor, Saylor Foundation
Education
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
    EdM, Counseling & Psychotherapy, 1986 - 1988
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
    MA, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 1986 - 1987
  • University of Hartford
    MS, Experimental Psychology, 1984 - 1986
  • Providence College
    BA, Psychology/Philosophy/Theology, 1980 - 1984
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