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What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?

Therapy helps people heal from past hurts and work through pain to get to a functional place in their lives. Sessions focus on past issues, behavioral challenges, relationship concerns and recovery from pain. Therapists are licensed health care workers who can diagnose mental health conditions. Coaching moves clients from functional to optimal. Client and coach work together to clarify goals, create action plans and identify the blocks that may be impeding the client's overall success. Coaches empower clients to reach their highest potential.

 

Do you accept insurance?

No. I am not a healthcare provider. Counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists are healthcare providers who are licensed to diagnose and treat mental conditions. Coaches are not licensed healthcare providers at this time. Many have certifications, but coaching is not a licensed field. Coaching sessions are not considered a medical expense. However, some job-seeking expenses are deductible on your income taxes. Check out this IRS form to see what you can deduct. https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p529.pdf

 

What should I wear for my appointments with you?

Whatever you’re comfortable wearing! No suits or dress clothes are necessary for our sessions. I want to create a comfortable, safe environment for clients to share freely.

 

Are the sessions private?

Yes. It’s just you and me, one on one. Everything we talk about is confidential as allowed by law. I am bound by the International Coach Federation (ICF) code of ethics to conduct myself as a professional, ethical coach. That includes keeping your information confidential.

When I schedule a Phone session, who makes the call?

You do. It's the first step in accountability to make the call at your appointed time. 

 

I am interested in becoming a coach. Can you help me?

Each week I receive emails and phone calls from prospective life coaches asking to meet with me about getting started in coaching. As much as I love to meet new people, I can’t meet with every person who contacts me. You’re in luck, though! The ICF website is a great resource for starting your coaching journey. https://coachfederation.org/icf-credential/be-a-coach

 

What happens in coaching?

We may cover any of the following topics in coaching sessions:

  • De-constructing blocks that limit your success, like limiting beliefs and negative self-talk

  • Building and fostering confidence

  • Identifying passions, talents and accomplishments

  • Taking back your power--setting healthy boundaries

  • Finding clarity around next steps

  • Defining your personal "why"—what motivates you to take action and succeed

  • Eliminating toxic relationships

  • Creating an action plan with weekly action items that move you closer to your goal

  • Securing the resources you need to succeed

  • Securing the support you need to succeed

 

Which assessments do you offer?

Currently, I offer DISC, Clifton Strengthsfinder and Positive Intelligence Saboteurs.

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