What is Coaching?
Coaching is designed to take you from where you are today to where you want to be. A coach helps you to set specific goals, explore possibilities, remove obstacles and reach your desired outcome. Coaching can help you expand your awareness of what is possible and move you into the action needed to reach your desired objectives. Through conversation and support, a coach will act as a sounding board, educator, motivator and accountability partner to support you in making lasting change in your life.
What happens in a coaching session?
We will meet in person, via video conferencing or by phone. During the Intake Session I will focus on learning as much as I can about you: what your strengths are, where you have challenges, what you would like to achieve from coaching and how we might work together. In our subsequent sessions, we will work toward your personal goals. We will focus on what you want to change, what is getting in your way, and how we can use your strengths to develop strategies and actions for success. My goal is to expand your awareness of yourself and to see what is possible. Clients often leave the session with some work to be accomplished prior to our next session. This work can be an assignment or a new routine, system or structure to implement. This work is necessary to move you toward the change you want in your life.
How is youth coaching different from adult coaching?
When I coach an adult, the adult sets the goals for our work together and we meet regularly to achieve their desired outcome.
When coaching youth under the age of 18, the parents set the goals for the coaching relationship with the child’s input. Often I work with both the youth and one (or both) of the parents to achieve the desired objectives. Sometimes a parent joins the youth in their sessions. Other times, I meet with the parent at the end of our session or on an agreed upon interval (i.e. monthly or bi-weekly). The parent and coach co-create the structure based on what works best for child’s age, temperament and desired outcomes. The parents support the child between sessions in experimenting with new ways of being, thinking and doing and are an integral part of the success team.
When I coach young adults being supported by a parent (age 18 -25), I meet with the young adult separate from the parents and discuss in advance with the parents and young adult their agreement concerning confidentiality.
How does coaching differ from therapy?
Therapy often focuses on healing pain, dysfunction and relationship conflict arising from situations in the past. The focus is on resolving these past difficulties to improve overall psychological functioning in the present. Coaching is focused on identifying what the client wants in the here and now and how to achieve those goals. Coaching is future focused. In coaching, we explore “who” the client is (their strengths, processing styles, behavior preferences, needs, values and unique brain wiring), identify what is getting in the way of achieving their goals and create new actions to move the client toward their desired outcome. This process involves experimenting with new ways of thinking, being and doing; knowing that not all solutions will work for all people and that some solutions will only work for a period of time before needing to be refreshed.
How long do clients typically work with a coach?
The duration of coaching depends on the client’s needs and goals. Because change takes time, it is recommended that a client commit to an initial three-months of weekly coaching. For many adults, a three to six month commitment of weekly coaching will allow them time to achieve their goals and create a lasting foundation for continued success. For adults and youth interested in exploring “WHO” they are, often three months (or less) is all that is required. For many youth or young adults dealing with executive function or social challenges, it is more common for me to work with them for the duration of the school year (and occasionally longer).
Does insurance cover coaching services?
Currently, insurance does not cover coaching services.
What do you charge?
Aside from the Intake Session, which lasts 1.0 - 1.5 hours, my ongoing session rate is $150/session and sessions last 50 minutes. I also offer session-packages that reduce my rate to $125/session. These packages are useful for those committed to working together for 3 - 6 months or longer, which is the length of time typically required to create lasting change and continued success.