Coaching with a Licensed Psychologist

There are no specific training or licensure requirements to enter the field of coaching – which can make it challenging to select a life coach or an executive coach. Effective coaching includes creative and artistic elements, as well as strategies and techniques that are grounded in behavioral science research. As a licensed psychologist, Martha Anne Rich has an extensive educational background and wealth of professional experience.

Some advantages of working with a psychologist coach are:

  • Psychologists have more education and training than any other profession in human motivation, behavior, learning, and change.
  • Licensed psychologists are bound by the American Psychological Association’s ethics code to make and abide by clear agreements between people on important matters such as confidentiality.
  • Psychologists are knowledgeable about facts related to human functioning, but also about the process by which new behaviors are acquired and maintained. Many coaching strategies used by psychologists are grounded in principles and concepts understood through the scientific process.
  • Psychologists have a background in statistics, which allows them to evaluate the statistical robustness and generalizability of research, and to make judgments about its validity and applicability to their work.
  • Psychologists have formal education in various fields within psychology, which informs their understanding of the multiple determinants of behavior. While much of human behavior is related to individuals’ personality, preferences, and personal habits, it’s also the case that environmental factors and social context also heavily influence behavior.
  • Psychologists have extensive experience administering assessments and providing feedback, often about sensitive issues, in a responsible and respectful manner.
  • Psychologists, particularly those who have worked with groups, couples, and families, have an understanding of effective ways to communicate with others and to manage conflict when inevitable differences arise among people.
  • Psychologists have formal education and training in relating to people in a way that respects autonomy and differences among people.