Life is getting more complicated all the time, and juggling the three pillars of life – ‘work, love and play’ — is becoming increasingly difficult. More and more, we find ourselves racing around, trying to “make ends meet,” with little time left for our selves, our relationships, our health, and our goals. Instead of connection, we sometimes feel emptiness, instead of energy, despair, and instead of healthy, flourishing optimism, it is all too easy to sink into a robotic routine of daily grinding and accepting “good enough.” This is where coaching fits in. Health and wellness coaching has an unparalleled track record in helping people discover their goals and attain them. This is exactly why Dr. Grinspoon became a coach.

Dr. Grinspoon is certified as a Health and Wellness Coach, by the Wellcoaches Health Coach Institute. Yet, this is just one component of what he brings to coaching. According to Dr. Grinspoon, “It is fair to say that I have spent my entire adult life caring for people and helping them enact change. The majority of my career has been spent as a primary care doctor at Harvard Medical School in practices, with patients ranging from the very well-to-do to the most impoverished inner-city residents. There are very few scenarios that I have not come across and been asked to assist with, and this wide range of experiences forms an exceptionally broad background of problem-solving. While, depending on your socioeconomic status, your superficial circumstances may vary, your basic human needs don’t. I engage as a coach with respect, compassion, humility – and with a wealth of experience — with which I work with clients as they discover their own paths toward their personal goals.”

“Having overcome an opiate addiction, I understand what it is to be down, to lose everything, to struggle, and to re-invent oneself, and I directly apply this hard-won understanding to my coaching practice. I feel that there is a great overlap between the tools we learn in transitioning from “addicted” to “recovered” with the skills we apply in coaching. The lived experience of having overcome an addiction – which I wouldn’t recommend to anyone – has greatly improved my ability to connect and engage as a coach. I’m a huge believer in the idea that we can take control of our lives, that we can grow and change, and that we can design the future that we want for ourselves. I have integrated all of my experiences into a more holistic coaching approach.”

Dr. Grinspoon is available for coaching around the following issues:

  • Addiction and recovery from any drug or unhealthy behavior (shopping, internet, sex, etc.) – especially early recovery, which can be the most challenging time
  • Physician and nurse stress, burnout, and moral injury
  • Weight loss
  • Improving healthfulness of one’s lifestyle
  • Writing – how to get started and improve
  • Work-life balance
  • Recovery from divorce and single parenting
  • Medical cannabis and cannabis lifestyle issues
  • Finding meaning in life
  • Career issues


Wellness coaching with Dr. Peter Grinspoon helped me to clarify my most important goals, and begin to overcome obstacles in my life. Before I began wellness coaching, I had begun to give up on my long-term goal of getting a full-time teaching job, so that I could support my family.  With Peter’s encouragement, I got back on track and applied for 4 jobs in one week. Now, I’ve landed my dream job as a Full Time Tenure-Track ESL Teacher at a Community College. Additionally, I’m making progress towards my goal of achieving a healthier lifestyle and have reached my initial goal of losing — and keeping off — 6 pounds in 3 months.  Overall, I’m achieving a healthier lifestyle, with better sleep and daily exercise, none of which was happening before coaching.  Peter is a great listener and motivator, and I find my weekly appointment with him to be extremely valuable.
— Joe from Chicago

This page, and services provided by Dr. Grinspoon, are intended as coaching and consultation and are NOT intended to replace your regular medical, psychological, or addiction care.


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