Dr. Siegler in the Media

Dr. Joe Siegler’s Official Video Reel

Dr. Siegler’s Television Appearances

Dr. Siegler’s thoughts on the economic recession.

Dr. Siegler discusses some of the recent celebrity meltdowns with WGN’s Larry Potash.

Dr. Siegler is in the studio to talk about FIRE YOUR THERAPIST and answer your questions.

Dr. Siegler gives tips and advice for managing one’s home like a true household executive.

Ideas about dealing with family during the holidays.

“Dr. Joe’s Rules for Dating”

Press Coverage and Letters

“Full Life was founded in 1998 by Dr. Joe Siegler, a psychiatrist who previously was chairman of Humana Behavioral Health in Chicago. “While a good therapist can help people deal with psychiatric symptoms,” Siegler says, “many therapists are not as good at helping people deal with specific problem-solving and achieving peak-performance on the job.” Coaching clients that range in age from 16 to 90 and seek help dealing with what Siegler calls the “Spheres of Life,” a trademark covering such facets of life as self, work, love, friends, family, community and fun. With the help of a life coach, each client develops an Achilles Plan, a trademarked term referring to a customized agenda to achieve one’s goals. The centers’ slogan – “Building Skills for Life” – suggests no one is born knowing all they need to know about life.”

– Debra Hale-Shelton,
Staff Reporter for Angie’s List Chicago

“Joe Siegler, founder of Full Life, showed me that coaching is therapy without the crying, and offers the chance of empowerment while celebrating progress as goals are achieved.”

– Liz Armstrong,
“Chicago Antisocial,” Chicago Reader

Make a commitment: How to get the job done

You’re ready to make a switch, so it’s time to get serious and make a plan, says psychiatrist Joe Siegler, the president and founder of Lincoln Park coaching center Full Life. Check out his tips to go from vague career direction to concrete career plan.

Be clear
No matter how set you are on a new career, step back and think long and hard…about nothing. Whether you do yoga, meditate or go for a walk, pondering your new career with a clear mind—what Siegler calls “white space thinking”—will provide clearer direction. Maybe you think you want to be a schoolteacher, but instead discover your inner organizational instructor. “Usually other areas [of your life] affect career; it might be family pressures or fear. It’s amazing what happens when you clear your mind of all the ‘shoulds,’ ” Siegler says.

Make a list
Round out your career direction even further with two magic words: pro and con. Toss ten possible careers on a pro-con list, along with your current job—even if you think you already know exactly which industry you’re headed for. Siegler says to approach each option from every angle (salary, stress level, happiness factor, etc.). Listing positives and negatives side by side will enable you to see more of the big picture and ensure you’re leaving your job for the right reasons.

Get serious
Siegler suggests doing a small research assignment on whichever field you’ve chosen. “It’s daunting for people to make [big] changes, [so] this helps them organize all their tasks,” he says. Your lists might include tasks like looking into necessary certifications and typical work schedules. If you’re unsure where to begin, network with people in your desired industry and add tasks as they’re uncovered.

Write stuff
Track all of the info you’ve compiled into a new career business plan, a written document on your computer or in a notebook. Siegler says it doesn’t have to be fully fleshed out—or even written in order—but this living, breathing document allows you to keep tabs on your progress. “The more detail you put into it, the better,” he says. “Come up with a plan you’re going to implement and that’s going to last.”

Come again
Don’t settle for a job that’s subpar—if you find yourself in a rut, rework your business plan and set a few quick goals for yourself. “This process is all about finding your calling—something greater than a career that links all aspects of your life and starts to feel less like work,” Siegler says, adding that if we keep at it and consistently monitor our progress, we all have the potential to achieve something greater than a simple 9-to-5.

Letter to the Editor written by Joe Siegler, MD, in response to an article by William Styron:

In “Why Primo Levi Need Not Have Died,” William Styron eloquently weaves together the threads that make up what psychiatrists call a major depressive episode (Op-Ed, Dec. 19). But I am concerned with his discussion of treatments…

…Thus, the passage of time is not acceptable treatment of depression. People with depression and those who care for them need to turn to the many effective treatments that are available. Enough suffering, enough stigma.

‘Cloaked’ discrimination

As a physician and executive coach, I often see the results of “cloaked” discrimination in organizational practices. Many corporations claim to take an interest in minority empowerment but, in practice, actively apply double standards that are covert forms of discrimination.

The future health and longevity of our heterogeneous world depends on actions beyond words– corporate and individual practices consistent with the belief that all people are truly equal.

Organizations need to establish and reinforce the critical, non-negotiable value of interpersonal respect for all.

Letter to the Editor written by Joe Siegler, MD, in response to an article by Raoul Lionel Felder:

In “Mothers, Kids and Feminism” (Op-Ed, May 14), Raoul Lionel Felder states that “psychiatrists, competent or otherwise, simply lack common sense.” But it does not take a lot of common sense to see that lurking behind Mr. Felder’s idealization of motherhood is a thinly disguised devaluation of women.

Through history, men often claimed to put women on a pedestal. However, during this century, the feminist movement finally showed this idealization to be a Trojan horse. For, along with the “elevated” status of women, came fewer civil rights, less protection under the law and unequal treatment in the workplace. Therefore, Mr. Felder creates a specious argument when he says that the problems in custody cases today are present because “traditional values and the standing of mothers have been knocked aside.”

“Siegler wanted to create a coaching center that is a visible part of the lives of the people he is assisting.”

– Sara Fiedelholtz,
Staff Reporter for the Chicago Sun Times

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