Frequently Asked Questions
How is coaching different from therapy?
Coaching does not dive deep into your past. We may uncover patterns of thinking or behaving that stem from your past, but only in order to move you forward into more helpful ways of thinking and acting. My coaching is not appropriate for addressing trauma, intense grief or mental health disorders. It is support, not treatment. That said, I have had many clients who have participated in therapy (particularly for anxiety and depression) and have found coaching helpful. Coaching can also be more convenient (over the phone) and more affordable than in-person therapy.
What can I expect in working with you?
No judgment. No fluff. I use and recommend only strategies that are based in research. I will ask you to do the work of honest reflection and practice of tools outside of coaching sessions. You can expect that I will focus on the language you use in your mind - because this is what drives your feelings and actions. Your language may be leaving you feeling limited and powerless. I will also ask about your values - what matters most. You can also expect to laugh. :)
How do I know that coaching is for me?
My clients are into health and well-being. They want to be mentally flexible and fit. Many have considered or tried therapy but want to focus on the present (not the past) and take action in addition to gaining insight. My clients don’t want unhelpful thoughts or patterns of behavior to impact their relationships; they seek meaning. Clients typically fall into one of two categories: 1. They have a specific problem they would to like to sort out, or 2. They would like periodic, honest reflection to optimize their lives (like personal training for the mind).
How long do clients typically work with you?
I have one client whom I have been coaching on and off for almost 10 years! But that is not typical. I recommend starting with three sessions and if needed, scheduling follow-ups or trouble-shooting sessions.