About Stuart Schneiderman

Stuart SchneidermanStuart Schneiderman spent most of his career practicing psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in New York City.

After earning academic degrees in literature he trained in psychoanalysis in Paris with Jacques Lacan. While he was there he worked in a psychiatric clinic and hospital and taught at the University of Paris.

He wrote about his training in an acclaimed book, Jacques Lacan: The Death of an Intellectual Hero, published by Harvard University Press. While he was an analyst he wrote and edited other books about the field and lectured on four continents.

For nearly three decades he practiced psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in New York City.

Schneiderman first signaled a new approach in a more recent book, Saving Face: America and the Politics of Shame, published by Knopf.

Thereafter he closed his therapy practice and began to work solely as a life coach.

Why did he make this change?

He did it because many of his clients did not want to get into their minds. They wanted to engage more productively in their lives. They said: Here’s my problem. What should I do about it? Fewer and fewer clients were saying: Here’s my problem. What does it mean? Clearly, these people wanted guidance, not interpretations.

They were having problems with their colleagues, their lovers, their mates, their business associates, their friends. They did not have time to get into their minds, to delve into their feelings, to remember past traumas and slights. They had rejected the traditional path laid by therapy and wanted practical advice.

Some were looking for a business coach, others a relationship coach, others an executive coach. They were clear about their priorities and wanted them addressed ASAP.

Eventually, Schneiderman observed that those who followed this path did better than those who were introspecting and getting in touch with their feelings.

To help his clients to manage their lives, he began helping them to analyze the social situations that were causing difficulties. Sometimes the problem involved strained relationships; sometimes it centered on family conflict; sometimes it was about concerned business issues.

Now Schneiderman works with his clients to show them how to evaluate options, make a plan, and implement the plan effectively. He helps them exercise executive leadership, develop personal and professional relationships, socialize and domesticate a love affair, and sustain a marriage.

Where therapy often works to excavate past memories and to analyze one’s upbringing, coaching looks to the future. It sets goals, charts progress, and works to get things done.

Go here to find out what coaching can do for you.

To read Stuart’s commentaries on current cultural and social issues go to his blog: Had Enough Therapy?