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 to 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.
I am interested in becoming a coach. Can you help me?
Each week I receive emails and phone calls from potential 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
Taking back your power--setting healthy boundaries
Finding clarity around next steps
Defining your personal "why"—what motivates you to take action and succeed
Examining your passions and talents
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 Everything DISC, Clifton Strengthsfinder, and a free values assessment.