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Navigating New-Coach Nerves (Dr. Eric Maisel)

  • Episode #107

Renowned therapist turned creativity coach Dr. Eric Maisel tackles the challenge that overwhelms so many new coaches — fears and limiting beliefs. He explores the psychology behind this problem and provides powerful solutions and advice.

Dr. Eric Maisel is a retired therapist, active creativity coach, and the author of 50+ books that have sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.

In this episode Melinda and Eric discuss:

  • A shift in thinking that can help ease feelings of responsibility
  • Getting better at asking for what you want or need
  • Having multiple life purposes
  • Why most trained coaches never actually start a practice
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Focusing on process more than progress
  • Stepping outside your comfort zone
  • Equipping yourself to handle your emotional landscape
  • The power of setting intentions
  • The importance of being able to pivot
  • High standards and perfectionism
  • Choosing between being a generalist and specialist
“We have to understand our own trickiness and the ways in which we’re trying to make sure that we don’t do the things that we secretly don’t want to do.”

Eric Maisel

Eric Maisel is the author of 50+ books. His recent books include The Coach’s WayWhy Smart Teens HurtRedesign Your Mind, and The Power of Daily Practice. Among his other books are Coaching the Artist WithinFearless CreatingRethinking DepressionThe Van Gogh Blues, and The Future of Mental Health. He has sold hundreds of thousands of books over a variety of titles and actively markets his books through his personal newsletters, his blogs for Psychology Today, The Good Men Project, and Fine Art America, and through blog tours, conference appearances, and other marketing strategies.

In late 2023, a new edition of Why Smart People Hurt will be released, and in 2024 Parents Who Bully will be released. Also happening in 2023 is a new Creativity Coach Certificate and Diploma Program, which Dr. Maisel has created and designed in collaboration with Noble Manhattan Coaching, the world’s leading life and corporate coach training company.

Dr. Maisel writes the “Rethinking Mental Health” blog for Psychology Today, with 3,000,000+ views, and is the creator and lead editor for the Ethics International Press Critical Psychology and Critical Psychiatry Series. He has created a series of wellness journals (90 Days of Hope90 Days of Inner Peace, etc.) and produced a line of webinars on subjects like The Art of Creativity Coaching and Mastering Creative Anxiety

A retired family therapist and active creativity coach, Dr. Maisel provides workshops, webinars and keynotes nationally and internationally, trains creativity coaches, and facilitates support groups for writers. He has taken his Deep Writing workshop to London, Paris, Rome, Prague, Dublin, New York, San Francisco, the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute, the Kripalu Yoga and Retreat Center, and many other destinations worldwide.

Dr. Maisel, who maintains an active, worldwide creativity coaching practice, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He can be contacted at

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Coaches Console
Melinda’s book: The Confident Coach
Eric’s website:

Host: Melinda Cohan
Producer: Michi Lantz
Supervising Producer: Cynthia Lamb
Audio Editor: Marvin del Rosario
Executive Producer: Danny Iny
Music Soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

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Music credits:
Track Title: Clouds
Artist Name: Acreage
Writer Name: Marshall Usinger

Track Title: Coastline Dream
Artist Name: Wild Sky
Writer Name: Adam Simons

Track Title: Coo Coos
Artist Name: Dresden, The Flamingo
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: Stars & Trees
Artist Name: Outside The Sky
Writer Name: Dustin Ransom

Special effects credits:
24990513_birds-chirping_by_promission used with permission of the author and under license by AudioJungle/Envato Market.


Just Between Coaches

This show is like Oprah’s couch, where conversations cut straight to the heart of the topic, but... it’s only for coaches! Melinda Cohan of the Coaches Console explores the tough questions coaches face on a regular basis. With a new guest host each episode, Melinda provides tactical advice and strategies to address issues like “How do I deal with price resistance?” and “Should I fire my client?”