9 Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to 9 questions frequently asked by ew clients:

1. What is the difference between a coach and a psychologist?

Psychologists evaluate, diagnose, treat and study behavior and mental processes. Coaching involves helping generally well functioning people create and achieve goals directed toward realizing their vision of their lives. 

2. I am both a licensed clinical psychologist and a life coach.

3. I do not accept insurance in my private practice.

4. Do I need a coach or a psychologist?  

You might not need either. During the initial consultation, together we will determine whether or not you can expect to gain satisfaction from coaching or therapy. 

5. What can I benefit from Inner Awareness Coaching? 

  • Attain a better understanding of yourself and your goals.

  • Develop skills for improving your relationships.

  • Find resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek coaching.

  • Clarify your vision and develop your leadership qualities to achieve your professional goals.

  • Learn new ways to cope with stress and anxiety.

  • Manage anger and other emotional pressures.

  • Improve communication and listening skills.

  • Change old behavior patterns and develop new ones.

  • Discover new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage.

  • Improve your self-esteem and boost self-confidence.

Benefits from coaching depend on how committed you are to put into practice what you learn.

 6. How can I benefit from psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy might help you alleviate psychological distress. 

7. Since psychologists can not write prescriptions, if medication is required I will provide referrals and consultation with a prescriber.

8. What is Inner Awareness?

Your inner experience includes your thoughts, feelings and sensations. Awareness is to have knowledge or cognizance.

Inner awareness means to be conscious of your inner experience - these experiences shape your existence.

9.  What is Mindfulness?

 Left to itself the mind wanders through all kinds of thoughts including expressions of anger, craving, depression, revenge, self pity, regret about the past, worry about the future, blaming, judging etc. This can often lead to overwhelming degrees of stress.

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings.

" By paying attention in a particular way; On purpose in the present moment, and non-judgmentally" you can bring yourself back into balance.


More questions? Call me.  

(323) 394-0500

Dr. Pekti