Seth Shulman is a Certified Life Coach residing in Los Angeles, CA. His background includes 25 years as a trained, licensed psychotherapist working in private practice and with non-profits. He has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Seth earned his Masters in Social Work from New York University where he previously earned a BA in Sociology. He believes that through human connection, community and contribution most ailments can be eased and progress can be made.
Seth answers your questions
How can you help me?
As a certified Life Coach my goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for my clients to find their way to a more fulfilled life. Often clients come to me unhappy in their personal and professional relationships or they are unhappy in their careers. Many of my clients are dealing with health issues including bouts of depression and anxiety that follow an imbalance in their lives. My expertise is in addiction helping many clients who prefer the privacy and modality of coaching as an initial step to addressing issues of their substance abuse and how it impacts their lives and relationships.
What are your credentials?
As a certified coach, I bring to the table the same skill set and experience I did in my twenty-five years of practice as a licensed therapist with a focus more on the present and future rather than an emphasis on the past. However, my training and experience as a therapist gives me the extra edge to assist my coaching clients in moving forward when they discover that issues from the past are interfering with them getting what they want and need.
How would it work?
It is my role and privilege to help clients become clearer about their goals and understand what it takes to accomplish them. Together, my clients and I design a plan to help them achieve success as they define it. My style is very much conversational in a confidential and professional environment.
What is the length of a coaching session and a coaching plan?
A typical session will last one hour with a recommended time period ranging from 3-6 months for measurable change to occur.
What is your philosophy?
My years of practice have reinforced my conviction that people can turn their circumstances around and become more hopeful when they have the knowledge and guidance to help them. I can say without any doubt that the critical step that people take in getting from here to there faster is acknowledging that asking for help is a sign of courage and is the turning point that makes the difference.
What about confidentiality?
Confidentiality is assured and is an essential component to the coach-client relationship.
Do you accept insurance for your services?
Operating as a coach allows us freedom from the confines of traditional psychotherapy, including breaking away from a medical model without the emphasis on a diagnosis, and therefore services are not covered under insurance plans. However, it is my mission to help people and we can come to a workable solution around fees.
Throughout his 25 year career Seth Shulman has helped countless number of individuals to feel better and live happier lives. Here is a sampling of what colleagues and clients have to say:
Seth Shulman's expertise has been an impressive and important contribution to my books. He offers wisdom, experience and a keen sense of the female condition - for women of all ages. His knowledge includes the mother/daugher bond and the trials women face in love relationships and in complex female friendships.
Susan Shapiro Barash Author of You're Grounded Forever - But First Let's Go Shopping; Toxic Friends and The Nine Phases of Marriage How to Make It, Break It, Keep It
I've referred many clients to Seth Shulman over the years and he has helped them achieve great success and happiness in their personal and professional lives. He has a natural ability to motivate, inspire and guide clients through complicated passages. He is a natural healer. His spirit, energy and passion for life and others is contagious. I recommend him with great confidence and assurance.
Stanley Siegel, LCSW - Therapist/Author The Patient Who Cured His Therapist and Other Unconventional Stories Of Therapy and Your Brain on Sex: How Smarter Sex Can Change Your Life
Seth is a talented, skilled and insightful therapist whom I have had the personal pleasure of knowing for years, and the professional confidence in referring patients for interpersonal psychotherapy. His years of experience have given him the ability to zero in on patients' core issues and to address their needs with compassionate insight and directness to truly help them live genuine lives.
John A. Gillespie, MD, MBA
I have known Seth Shulman for over twenty five years. He is genuinely compassionate, caring and is highly intuitive. He has a sincere passion for helping people, especially when they are going through a difficult time. Seth is non-judgmental and accepts everyone for who they are. Seth's professional background, combined with his personal qualities, make him an outstanding professional. I have the highest regard for him and for his work.
Rev. Joseph A. Escobar, Providence, RI
I have known Seth Shulman for many years and I've seen him treat both strangers and his clients with the utmost empathy and compassion. He never gives less than his ultimate and he doesn't accept failure or mediocrity in himself or his clients. Seth is my "go to guy" for referrals. His insight and natural talent in helping others is a blessing. I highly recommend Seth if you are looking for a solid professional to help you navigate turbulent waters.
Rabbi Misha Ben-David
Seth Shulman is a caring skilled and responsible therapist and coach. I have great respect for him as a colleague. He is perceptive and professional. His dedication and compassion are first rate.
Ellen Friedman, PhD
Seth's passion is his interest in other people's ideas and feelings. Seth is able to see the big picture and that is a future we can do something about. I believe in, and have concrete evidence in my own practice, in the power of hope, energy and inspirational, focused, person-specific guidance. Seth can help someone become their best self.
Bea Goldman, MA, LCSW
When I first came to Seth I was depressed and emotionally unstable. Being that it was my first experience seeking help I was so relieved to find at how gentle his approach is towards problem solving. He also helped me be more aware of my actions that would create my emotional distress. He truly has changed the course of my life and for that I am forever grateful.
I must start by saying that I am 15+ years older than Seth and was doubtful about his ability to give me relevant advice. Thank God, I met him. Seth's caring, compassion and straight forward practicality helped me to find answers for a crumbling marriage, concerns about young adult children and aging parents. He also helped me identify the steps for me to build a happy successful future for myself. I know Seth 12 years and I am happy to recommend him unequivocally.
Seth is the most intuitive person I have met. He's a listener. A thinker. Funny. Kind. Giving. And, maybe most importantly, he has a tremendous ability to empathize. I consider myself very lucky to have worked with Seth over the past ten years. And, I consider my friendship with Seth to be one of the greatest gifts I've ever received. Seth is a mentor, teacher, and a friend for life.
I began seeing Seth during the most difficult period of my life - the break up of a 13 year-old marriage. He became a critical part of my support system as I waded through the turbulence of divorce, as a single full-time working mother commuting to NYC and company layoffs. The amazing thing was that Seth never allowed me to wallow in self-pity. He instilled in me the faith that "this to shall pass"and encouraged me to focus on things that I was grateful for in my life. Seth is a life saver. He taught me so many important things about thriving, not just surviving, and to cherish both the good times and the not so good times. I feel incredibly fortunate to have Seth in my life. His warmth, kindness and generosity are what makes the world a better place. I do not know if I will ever be able to thank Seth enough for everything he's done for me.
Seth has tremendous compassion and empathy. He is also a keen listener, whose patience, insight, intelligence, experience and humor made for a very healing experience driven by his positive outlook. Seth helped me sort out the complexity in my personal and professional relationships. I am fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with him for many years. With his heart of gold he is kind of an angel.
Almost four years ago, I went through one of the lower points of my life dealing with depression and anxiety. I was only capable of leaving my house for short periods of time. I was encouraged to find someone who could help me get out of this dark place. Seth was referred to me by my doctor. Through his help, I started to make small changes that led to bigger changes. I now am more confident, perform better at work and I contribute more to my community. Thanks to Seth's patience and gentle guidance, my life is much better. Seth has a special place in my heart and I've been fortunate to have him stay a part of my life even after working with him.