CherryWellness - Health, Wellness & Fitness Consultation
Life Coaching & Anger Management
Linda Cherry, PsyD, BSEd, CPT


Inova Health Systems, Inc., VA: Director of Behavioral Health

United States Air Force, Military Psychologist, Chief of Behavioral Health & the Alcohol and Drug Program

Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health, HI: Care Coordinator
What is Coaching?
Coaching is a relatively new profession evolving from best practices in psychology, sociology, philosophy spirituality, mentoring, business and finance management to form a more holistic approach in helping individuals achieve a more optimal level of life satisfaction and functioning.
Why Does Coaching Work?
Synergy:  the coach and client become a collaborative team, focusing on the client's identified needs and goals to accomplish growth the client would unlikely achieve alone.
Structure:  Working in collaboration, the coach and client take action--looking at the bigger picture, exploring alternatives, fostering motivation and identifying the steps to make change with encouragement and accountability provided by the coach.
Expertise: The coach is an expert in their fields  of coaching and help their clients maximize their potential in respective areas of their life they are seeking to improve or develop.
Who Works with a Coach?
Just about anyone looking to improve their life circumstances:  students, professionals, athletes, people in transition (i.e. jobs, relationships) who seek coaching to explore options, plan, create, fix, improve or resolve something, personally or professionally.
What Coaching is NOT
Coaching does not treat mental disorders as defined by the American Psychiatric Association.  Individuals currently working with a therapist must sign a release of information for me to consult with their therapist to confirm their awareness their client is concurrently working with me in my coaching practice.  The purpose of this is to provide continuity of care and to not overlap or contradict therapy goals.  I will not ask to be privy to work a client is doing with their therapist without consent. It is not uncommon for an individual to have a coach outside of therapy to assist with health and behavior -related changes that in turn, optimize progress in therapy.  In other words, the can compliment each other leading to greater success in each individually.
What Should I Look for in a Coach?
The right coach brings out your best, consistently.  Your coach should help you feel good and motivate you.  Can this coach keep up with you--stay ahead of you--as you grow?  This is the key.
Note:  Be careful as there is no governed education or training standard for a person to identify themselves as a coach.  There is a high degree of confusion around the terms "certification" and "credentialing" as used within the coaching industry and there are currently three internationally SELF APPOINTED accreditation bodies, the International Coach Federation (ICF), the International Association of Coaching (IAC) and the European Coaching Institute (ECI).  There is no independent supervisory or regulatory board which evaluates these privately owned programs.  My practice is based on my areas of competence earned through nationally accredited universities and programs and my work experience in the field over the past twenty years.

Anger Management
Linda Cherry, PsyD, BSEd
Certified Anger Management Specialist
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Anger is about you and your interpretation of situations and the world around you.  I view anger as a "surface emotion."  There is always something beneath the anger--often is it shame, embarrassment, confusion, feelings of being marginalized.....clearly unpleasant feelings.  Anger is complex and no two people's anger are identical.
Anger begins in the context of a relationship--healing also happens in the context of a relationship--hopefully with this program.  My intention is to help you feel comfortable discussing and working through your challenges.  My role is NOT to judge you.
Through this program, whether you feel more comfortable working individually or in a group setting, you will understand what happens inside our brains when we become angry and how the newer part of our brain (neocortex) can facilitate our ability to regain control over our primitive reactions.
PROGRAM GOAL:  to increase awareness and understanding of the many facets of anger and how to develop healthy coping mechanisms to more effectively communicate and manage anger.

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