By C. Michael Forsyth
LOS ANGELES — For more than 20 years, life coach Denise Castleberry has been dispensing advice – and in scores of cases it has led to tragedy, failure and catastrophe.
Among the worst disasters, she advised:
• O.J. Simpson to “stop holding your anger in.”
• John F. Kennedy Jr. to “get an adventurous hobby.”
• Whitney Houston to “find a new way to relax.”
• Lance Armstrong to “stop at nothing to win.”
• New York Governor Eliot Spitzer to “Loosen up when it comes to sex.”
Despite her nickname in the advice industry as the World’s Worst Life Coach, Castleberry, who launched her business in 1987, insists she knows what she’s doing.
“Everyone – especially envious colleagues in the field – likes to talk about cases that didn’t turn out perfectly,” she said in a recent interview. “No one talks about the thousands of stars, politicians and CEOs who owe their success to me.”
Indeed, Castleberry’s more than 200 clients in the entertainment and corporate world swear by her.
“I call Denise at least once a week,” said a music industry executive who requested anonymity. “Her practical suggestions have taken my career to a new level and vastly improved my outlook on life. I can’t imagine where I would be without her.”
While the coach’s current client list is confidential, among those rumored to be among Castleberry’s clientele are Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Elizabeth Berkeley and Wesley Snipes.
“Yes, some of my clients have gotten in their share of trouble, but imagine what a mess their lives would be in if they hadn’t been receiving help,” she points out.
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