Melissa recommends these exceptional coaches for clients that need assistance with family relationships, going through transitions and dealing with loved ones that are addicted.
Ronald B Cohen, MD, Bowen Family Systems Theory Coach and Relationship Consultant, and a Board Certified Psychiatrist
Dr. Cohen works with individuals, couples and families in a manner that is both healing and protective. Working with families is a challenging craft that takes a long time to master. In addition to his psychiatric training, Dr. Cohen was educated at the Psychiatric Epidemiology Program of the Columbia University School of Public Health, in New York City and he completed the four-year post-graduate training program in Systemic Family Theory and Therapy at the Family Institute of Westchester, NY. Dr. Cohen is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and an Affiliate Member of the American Academy of Marital and Family Therapy.
If you are experiencing family relationship problems or a difficult life-cycle transition, don’t treat all coaches alike. Few have received the kind of education, experience and savvy guidance necessary to deal with the range of tough issues families can present.
Steve Devlin, EdM, PhD, Transitional Coach Working with Middle to Older Adults, Dealing with Health Crises, and the Re-Entry Process
Steve began as a counselor in the early 1980s before pursuing a research career in higher education. During the early 1990s, he directed a gerontology center at the University of Pennsylvania and was a Fellow at the Institute on Aging.
He has been a life coach since 2009, two years after entering into recovery. The focus of his coaching is finding hope and meaning to life, and is heavily influenced by the the work of Victor Frankl. His interests also include quality of life for disenfranchised people, especially those facing challenges due to middle- and older-aging, health crises, and incarceration. Steve has an undergraduate degree from Dickinson College (B.A., Psychology, 1980), a Master’s degree from Boston University (Ed.M., Counseling Psychology, 1981), and a Doctorate from Temple University (Ph.D., Educational Psychology, 1991).
Justin Phillips, Family Coach, Working with Parents with an Addicted Loved One
Justin Phillips, a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, has a Master’s degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and was the Executive Director of Recovery Coaches International, an association of recovery coaches. Her coaching training includes a certification from Crossroads Recovery Coaching, over 24 years of her own recovery, and from the experience of having a son that was addicted to heroin.
“I don’t think I look like the mom of a heroin addict. I don’t think Aaron [my son] was raised in a home where people think heroin addicts come from.” In October of 2013, Justin received a call no mother ever wants to get. Her son, just 20-years-old, was found dead from an overdose. Justin’s expertise comes from her personal experience and her desire to give back. She coaches parents who feel lost and confused because of their child’s addiction, adolescents that are in the throws of an addiction and adults seeking to balance their life in recovery with their work and family obligations.
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