Is coaching right for me?
Seeking out coaching is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to a coach. Often times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many consider coaching as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Sometimes it is the awareness of one's own mortality and wanting to live proactively instead of reactively (the infamous mid-life crisis!). Working with a coach can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Coaching is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working toward change in their lives.
What can I expect in a coaching session?
Every coaching session is unique and caters to the individual and their specific goals. The first sessions will be spent identifying those goals and areas in one's life that are least satisfying. Sessions typically last 50-60 minutes and can be conducted on the phone or in person. Phone coaching means that we can work together even if we live nowhere near each other. Coaching is usually fairly short-term (3-6 months), though it is common for coaching clients to return as additional situations arise or when they feel they may need a push to get back on track. During a coaching session I will ask you to examine your feelings and thoughts and to challenge those beliefs that are limiting you or resulting in pain or negative feelings. Sessions will also be spent identifying action steps - breaking them down as much as needed - to reach your goals. You can expect to be active and engaged during coaching. It is not a passive process where the coach tells you what to do. As a coach, I will be asking you questions or suggesting homework to help you find your own "right" way. You are the absolute expert on you and what you want, even if it doesn't always feel like it. For coaching to be most effective it is important to continue processing the coaching work outside of sessions and integrate it into your daily life. You will be encouraged to email me with questions or comments to stay motivated between sessions. Of course, the ultimate goal is for you to become your own coach, using what you have discovered during coaching to address any issues and situations that come up and cause you worry, sadness, frustration, or feelings of helplessness.
How does coaching differ from therapy?
Coaches and therapists both stress their differences but much of the process is the same. Both are "talking" solutions which require working with thoughts and feelings to change behavior. However, coaching is less about "why" you may have developed certain patterns and more about "how" to change them. It is a process more focused on working in the present than the past. Coaching is for someone who is functioning OK in their daily life but wants to be feeling and doing better than OK. Coaching is not for dealing with long-standing psychological issues or debilitating depression or anxiety. If you are currently having difficulty functioning in your daily life - going to work/school, withdrawing from relationships, impaired sleeping/eating - then you should contact a therapist and not a coach.
Is coaching confidential?
Yes. Mostly. A coach is ethically bound to maintain the confidentiality of his/her clients and information is not disclosed without written permission. However, the law does not protect the confidentiality of the coach-client relationship as it does in therapist-client relationships. Also, because I am still a licensed therapist I am bound by ethical guidelines which require me to disclose certain information, even if I am not acting as a therapist when receiving it. Those exceptions to confidentiality include:
Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.
What about payments and insurance?
Coaching is not covered by insurance. It's a good thing, really. If it was covered, there would be more paperwork, less privacy, etc. And the insurance company would dictate what services and how many session you could have.
Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted. Payment is expected at time of service.
If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be asked to pay the full cost of the session. I understand that emergencies may arise and, in that case, every effort will be made to reschedule your appointment.
More questions? Want to schedule an appointment? Please contact me for further information.