How do I choose a life coach?

First you have to find someone you can trust. I’m going to tell you that my life coach is no fairy godmother! Don’t let this trick you into choosing someone who is not the real thing. Don’t listen to the hype about it. Ask a few questions.

I have a lot of questions – so I want to know:

When is the most important time of my life to talk?

Once a week or once a week, but less frequently.

How do I start your coaching?

I’m going to say it again. Do not ask questions. Just ask.

I’m going to say it again and again and again. Ask questions. Then wait a few days for an answer.

Finally, you have to make up your mind. Are you into life coaching? Are you willing to listen to questions? Are you willing to accept the occasional bad answer?

If you answered yes to one of these questions, then by all means, get serious about your first life coach! You have been warned! You still have a lot of questions to answer. If not, find someone you can trust to help you learn about how to make the best decision for you!


On June 1, 2014, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) updated its category of “gender dysphoria”.

The revised DSM-5 classifies gender dysphoria as a persistent and intense psychological distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning, caused by gender-related distress or impairment in one or more aspects of the body’s function, appearance, activity, or identity.

The DSM-5 is the “official” diagnostic name for this category.

How can I tell if I am suffering from a genuine, severe mental illness?

In order to diagnose a mental health disorder in a person, the doctor must establish a diagnosis of mental illness that is a reasonable basis for believing the person is suffering from that condition.

For example, this “reasonable basis for believing” can be based on a number of factors including:

A mental health professional’s examination

A diagnosis of a mental disorder of the defendant at the time of trial

A history of the defendant’s behavior which is consistent with the mental disorder

A psychological test result which is consistent with the mental disorder

A history of the defendant’s behavior for which the defendant received medical treatment