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What is coaching with Wholeness like?
Our first few sessions will involve an intake process and assessment of your needs. After the assessment process, we will develop the direction of sessions. We will meet weekly for a given period of time. As that time comes to an end, we will review and evaluate the work we’ve done together and figure out what the next step will be. Coaching may require a large commitment of time, money, and energy. As we progress, we will create a written agreement that outlines a “expectations for success” (the primary issue that you’re dealing with, and your thoughts about what you want to get out of coaching). This plan will keep our work on track and moving toward your goals.  You should carefully consider the coach you select. If you decide that I am not a good fit for your needs at this time, I would be happy to assist you with referrals to other appropriate mental health professionals.

Why is coaching, therapy, and counseling so expensive?
Coaching, therapy, and counseling are not unlike any other service offered in the marketplace. As the consumer you are paying for the experience, training, and judgement of the professional. Clinicians with treatment specialties, seasoned experience, and demonstrated expertise tend to charge more for their services. In this sense, you get what you pay for. As the the consumer, you are in charge of your services, and therefore the expert on what will or won’t work for you in growth and healing. You are the expert on yourself. The coach, therapist, or counselor, is the expert on relationships, addictions, human development, etc. When client and coach are able to relate in this way collaboratively, coaching sessions are most productive in achieving client goals. So, if you don’t feel like you are getting what you need from your coach you should “fire” them. Using the analogy of the marketplace again, if you didn’t like the quality of service you received from a restaurant, would you choose to go somewhere else? Coaching services are no different in that sense; they just “feel” different because they are a human relationship that offers you instant confidentiality, safety, and validation.

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

I have learned through experience that insurance companies often want to dictate treatment and the services consumers can receive, although they will not state it that way. They will stipulate the length allowed sessions and type of treatment covered. I have found that when people understand this they begin to realize they have more freedom than they thought in taking of charge of their own personal development. I believe my fee is quite reasonable given the specific skill set and clinical experience I can offer you.

10 Things Your Coach Won’t Tell You

Coaching is a unique profession in the world because coaches are paid to listen and help people improve aspects of their lives or combat personal challenges affecting them. But there’s some stuff that goes on in the coaching office that you should know about before you decide to take the plunge (or if you’ve already taken it, well, better late than never!). Here’s a few…

Is coaching right for me?

Seeking out coaching is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to coaching. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing personal issues, or problems with relationships or work. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek coaching as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a coach can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Coaching can help address many types of issues including worry, spirituality, conflict, grief, stress management, self-confidence issues, and general life transitions. 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 towards change in their lives.

Do I really need coaching?  I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, coaching is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking coaching. Coaching provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

How can coaching help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in coaching. Coaches can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as worry, relationship troubles, parenting issues, stress management, self-confidence issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that coaches can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Coaches can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from coaching depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from coaching include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek coaching
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

What is coaching like?

Every coaching session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for coaches to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during coaching sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Coaching can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the coaching sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For coaching to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking coaching are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of coaching:

  • Compassion, safety, respect, and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
  • Greater success in personal and professional endeavors

Is medication a substitute for coaching?

In some cases a combination of medication and coaching is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor, you can determine what’s best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, coaching addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness and wholeness.

Is coaching confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and coach. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The coach is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The coach is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The coach will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken, including referral to a licensed mental health professional.

 

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