Reviews are coming in for Therapy with a Coaching Edge (2018)

“Over the years I’ve heard numerous complaints about well-meaning therapists who nod, listen and empathize with their clients, but fail to provide any plan-of-action to help their clients change. Offering a remedy to this epidemic, Lynn Grodzki’s book is a brilliant and well-timed resource for the fields of psychotherapy and counseling. For too long, the techniques and strategies of coaching have been dismissed by many mental health professionals. Therapy with a Coaching Edge, will no doubt alter this trend and prove to be a valuable resource for clinicians wanting to improve the efficacy of the services they provide.” –Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC, and Founder


“This model deftly balances the strengths-based, action and goal oriented mindset of coaching with the necessary boundaries, ethics, integrity, and emotional processing of psychotherapeutic practice.  The writing is warm and engaging. Grodzki provides an abundance of clinical scenarios that beautifully illustrate the application and efficacy of concrete skills and creative strategies designed to promote empowerment and growth in both clients and clinicians. A great addition to any clinical practice!”—Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, author of Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons From the Therapist’s Couch


“Bravo Lynn Grodzki for having the courage, knowledge and skill to articulate what many therapists already do – combine coaching tools along with those from traditional psychotherapy. Intuitively we knew this was the best way to help many clients. Now, Lynn Grodzki has defined and legitimized this therapeutic process with a detailed explanation, while underscoring both its rewards and pitfalls. With Therapy with a Coaching Edge, both new and seasoned therapists will have a mentor/coach constantly by their side.”—Carol Kurtz Walsh, LCSW-C, author of Painting Life: My Creative Journey Through Trauma


“When your clients want to take action, you can be ready to help them! In this must-read volume, Lynn Grodzki models her coaching style, offering pragmatic, clearly defined steps for therapists who want to work more effectively at helping clients to achieve their goals. Starting with how to discern when therapy with a coaching edge is the right choice and going on to demonstrate specific therapist skills, such as useful questioning, strategic listening and developing shared accountability, Grodzki show us how to call clients to action and promote not only insight but real and lasting change. She draws on her extensive experience in business, coaching and therapy to provide typical therapeutic situations and how these skills can be put into use. Her writing is crisp, vivid and witty. Any therapist who wants to do better work immediately will want to read this work and put it into practice.”—Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD, author of The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques



5.0 out of 5 stars

May 29, 2018

I have been a therapist for thirty years and I moved to write my first book review because this is by far the most helpful book for therapists I have ever read. Lynn Grodzki has already written several great books and has coached countless individual therapists (me, briefly, among them). In this book, she distills her brilliant coaching strategies so that we therapists can keep our clients focused, encouraged, and self-motivated through a process that is equally rewarding for us.

The book is highly structured: Lynn tells us what she’s going to teach us, then she teaches us, then she tells us what she taught us. First, she explains the difference between therapy and coaching and how to discern which therapy clients are appropriate for “therapy with a coaching edge.” Then she delineates the separate coaching skills that can inform our work: moving the locus of change to the client (the therapist is a facilitator); motivating the client through a more collaborative stance; nudging the client into action by the use of her brilliant questions, and offering consistent optimism to further the client’s action and motivation. Lynn is careful to discuss our professional ethics and boundaries in terms of adding coaching with an edge to our therapeutic toolkit. Obviously, there are many clients who may not be suitable, or may not prefer, this style.

The specific questions and interventions Lynn offers are crafted for highly specific purposes. Each chapter contains examples of Lynn’s own clinical case studies and explicit questions to ask and tips on when and how to ask them. There is a goldmine of worksheets and questionnaires at the end of the book. Like all excellent coaches, Lynn builds one skill onto the next in a logical and thorough process, delivered in a warm and confident tone. The predictably consistent structure of each chapter is one of those confidence-building characteristics I expect from a great coach.

For the young therapists looking for a mentor to teach nuts-and-bolts skills, and for us old warhorses looking for revitalization, this is the one book you need to up your game, no matter what therapeutic models you prefer. To use Lynn’s kitchen metaphor in her summary, I feel like this master coach and therapist has opened her entire pantry of hard-earned wisdom to us and then taught us her best recipes over a bottle of wine.


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