Leveraging the training and education he received at Columbia University, Reed Moskowitz, MD, served as a psychiatrist for more than three decades. Most recently, Dr. Reed Moskowitz changed the trajectory of his career to become a life coach in New York City, where he advises clients on their careers and how to achieve a work-life balance.

Below are a few of the traits of a good life coach.

Action-oriented–Successful life coaches never wait until tomorrow, or later, or someday to get something accomplished. Life coaches take action now, in the present, and they guide all their clients to do the same.

Unbiased–Successful life coaches are able to be unbiased. They can listen to clients without sitting in judgment or giving a lecture, and can also give clients space without them feeling as though they are alone.

Visionary–Life coaches know where they are and where they want to go. They are visionaries who are able to visualize their goals in vivid detail. When life coaches face obstacles, they choose triumph over defeat and choose not to let any excuses deter them from their goals.


As the name suggests, life coaches coach people on multiple elements of their lives. Many who carry this title have experience in organizational and developmental psychology, managerial executive training, business coaching, and similar areas. While life coaches do not function as mental health professionals, they can supplement what those practitioners do. More akin to mentors than doctors, life coaches provide advice, guidance, support, and inspiration to their customers. By teaching clients how to manage their time and resources, as well as providing methods to better envision what they want to achieve, these professionals give their customers the tools to reach their personal and professional goals.

About the Author:

A graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Reed Moskowitz is a life coach based in New York City. A member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and the Society of Practitioners, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Dr. Moskowitz has appeared on numerous television shows to discuss mental health and life coaching.

The holder of degrees from Columbia University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a former clinical assistant professor with New York University Langone Medical Center, Dr. Reed Moskowitz assists clients as a life coach. Dr. Moskowitz has appeared on CNBC, CBS Sports, Hard Copy, and several regional news stations to discuss anxiety disorders.

More than 40 million American adults suffer from an anxiety disorder annually. While stressful situations are a common occurrence in everyday life, their negative effects usually dissipate shortly after the conclusion of the event. Anxiety, on the other hand, consists of recurrent feelings of fearfulness for at least six months. The longer the problem continues, the greater the likelihood of more significant physical and mental issues, including alcohol and substance abuse. Mental health professionals recognize different types of anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Treatment ranges from antidepressants, beta-blockers, and other forms of medication to cognitive-behavioral therapy.

As founder of NYU’s Stress Disorders Medical Services Program, Dr. Reed Moskowitz, Life Coach, pursued a career in clinical psychiatry for decades. In his practice, he emphasized a mind-body therapy approach in treating a wide range of stress-related disorders.

In 1992, Dr. Moskowitz authored the book Your Healing Mind, which presents numerous case studies examining the mind-body paradigm for treatment for disorders such as heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, and infertility. Dr. Moskowitz’ program involves learning and practicing techniques such as abdominal breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. These practices encourage the relaxation response, effectively shutting off patients’ stress responses.

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While many of the specific techniques of mind-body therapy have been developed in the past few decades, they draw on a much wider lineage of traditional practices, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines. Whereas traditional Western medicine has tended to emphasize a dichotomy between the physical self and the mind, many Eastern practices stress the opposite. One of the pioneers of the modern mind-body approach was psychiatrist George Solomon. In the mid-1960s, he became aware of the negative physical effects of depression on patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. This led to focused research on the effect of emotions and mental states on the immune system, spawning the discipline of psychoneuroimmunology.

A critical element in any mind-body practice is habituating the mind to pay focused attention to the body without distractions. One technique involves biofeedback, through which individuals are trained to control body processes such as blood pressure and heart rate, which would otherwise occur involuntarily. This approach is most effective in treating issues such as chronic pain,as well as tension and migraine headaches.

Cognitive behavioral therapy parallels the biofeedback approach, but concentrates on recognizing harmful thoughts and consciously changing them. Depressed patients may learn techniques of replacing negative thought patterns with positive ones, while patients with phobias may be guided in confronting and overcoming their fears.

There are a number of relaxation techniques associated with mind-body therapy, including meditation, autogenic training, hypnosis, progressive muscle relaxation, and spirituality. In Your Healing Mind, Dr. Reed Moskowitz introduces readers to the fundamental concepts of mind-body therapy, providing a primer of self-help techniques that can significantly improve wellness and self esteem.

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July 12, 2011