Coral Springs

 

1725 N. University Drive

Suite 350

Coral Springs, FL 33071

Telephone: (954) 227-2700

Fax: (954) 227-2704

Linda Berlin, Psy.D.

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Psychological Associates

Boca Raton

 

7000 W. Palmetto Park Road

Suite 407

Boca Raton, FL 33433

Telephone: (561) 347-0997

Fax: (561) 347-0996

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I know whether I need a psychiatrist or a therapist or both?

A. In general, a therapist would be well-suited to helping you make this decision. Therefore, it is recommended that you make your initial appointment with a therapist in order to assist you with establishing an appropriate and effective course of treatment.

Q. What is the difference between a Psychiatrist, a Psychologist and a Therapist?

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Q. How do I choose a therapist?

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Q. Do we accept insurance and should you use it?

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Q. Which foreign languages do our clinicians speak?

Q. What hours are you open?

A. Our therapist are available Monday through Saturday, including evenings. Our Psychiatrists are available Monday through Friday, including evenings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LIFE COACHING

By Linda Berlin, Psy.D., R.N, Clinical Director

Life coaching is the process of engaging a trained professional to emotionally partner with you through your life path. A life coach can be viewed as a mentor or guide through your life goals and decisions and can also offer assistance in understanding how your individual behavior patterns do or do not work effectively work for you.

As human beings, we develop behavioral habits early in our lives. Often, these repetitive behaviors blend into our general persona and are not necessarily noticed by us consciously. Yet, these long instilled patterns drive our behavior every day in:  
  • the way we view a particular challenge we may meet
  • the way we experience our interactions and relationships with others
  • how we make career and business choices
  • how we ultimately feel about ourselves
Frequently, these longstanding habits result in a sense of being “stuck.”Your life coach offers the comfort of an ally or partner during challenging times, the opportunity to have someone in your camp and provides the ability to bring objectivity in learning to think outside of the box. A life coach: 
  • promotes personal growth
  • maximizes your strengths
  • assists in discarding your “old tapes”
  • develops realistic life goals with strategies for success
  • favors action over procrastination
  • determines behaviors that get in your way
  • strives for your emotional empowerment
  • develops improved communication skills
  • refines social skills
  • assists in developing judgment and the ability to making informed decisions
  • increases the ability to attract success in all aspects of life
  • favors action over procrastination

With roots in executive coaching, life coaching draws from the disciplines of psychology, sociology and various other counseling arenas. Generally, individuals seek coaching for improvement in relationships in their careers and personal lives. There is often confusion between the process of psychotherapy vs. life coaching. Life coaching is often an extension of psychotherapy. Coaching is most effective for individuals who have already resolved past issues and are no longer experiencing debilitating symptoms such as those attached to severe anxiety or depression. 

There is some controversy surrounding the ethical aspects of life coaching because of the unregulated, unstandardized nature of the process.  Many life coaches, while ‘certified’ or ‘credentialed’,  do not have formal training or higher education in psychology, social work or mental health counseling.  Critics fear that life coaches without a basis of formal education of at least a Master’s level will not be able to distinguish when an individual may be developing signs of requiring a higher level of care. In addition, a licensed therapist will also have malpractice insurance while, in most cases, a certified life coach will not. As such, one may wish to carefully consider the educational training and experience of the life coach you ultimately select.

At Linda Berlin, Psy.D. & Psychological Associates all Life Coaching is delivered by Masters or Doctoral level clinicians who are fully licensed in the State of Florida. To learn more about Dr. Berlin, click here or call (954) 227-2700 or (561) 347-0997.

 

Read Dr. Berlin's article on Depression.

Read Dr. Berlin's article on Treating Anxiety & Panic Disorders.

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