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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: FAQ

How can I start working with you?

The best way is to book a complimentary consultation!  If you have any questions beforehand, feel free to email me, text/call, or use the chat function on the bottom right of this website.  Whatever is most comfortable for you.  

How long does coaching take?

The duration of coaching depends upon individual needs. Most of my clients work with me for at least 3-6 months. That time frame will allow us to establish a solid foundation, thoroughly identify your challenges and strengths, design and practice new strategies and habits, experience progress, and create lasting change. My goal is to empower you not enable you. Typically clients experience the most results the longer we work together, however, you will still benefit greatly from new strategies and solutions even if you decide on a shorter coaching package.

How do I prepare for our sessions?

This is a great question!  Your coaching session is intended to be a time focused on you.  I ask that you to have an “agenda” in mind before each session. Something you want to work on or create change around. Then, plan to arrive at our scheduled time, take a deep breath, and we will get to work.

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What happens during our sessions?

Coaching is a process of making changes where I will support you in staying focused on your goals. There doesn’t need to be intense effort to create noticeable results.  Set the tone that best supports you.  Come with something you would like coaching on to each session, I will follow your lead as we explore your obstacles and create new strategies.

I am interested in coaching but do not have the funds at this time.  Are there any other options?

Yes!   It's important to me to be upfront about the standard pricing.  That said, I got into coaching to help people.  So if some flexibility would make it happen for you,  Contact me about additional package options.  
Another possibility is to split the costs with someone to be coached as a pair.  If you do not know anyone wanting to work on similar challenges, check with me anyway because I may be able to connect you with someone.

I know someone who would benefit from coaching but they are not sure about it.  What can I do?

For coaching to work, the client has to buy in and actively want change or growth in their life.  The best thing to do would be to see if they will be open to a short no-pressure consultation.  There I can explain that even if coaching wasn't their idea, I as the coach am working towards their goals, not their parent's, teacher's, or employer's.  If they are not on board by the end of it, I would recommend against coaching.

I am a parent of a child with ADHD but they are against the idea of coaching.  How do I help?

If your child is skeptical about about ADHD or getting outside help you can ask if they are willing to meet for a consultation.  Usually talking with someone who gets it makes a big difference but if they are still not on board then I recommend waiting on coaching.   In that case there is also another option: Parent Coaching.  I can work with parents to both further their understanding of their child's specific ADHD challenges and as well as work with you on establishing win-win strategies.

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Where are our sessions located?

By default, all sessions are conducted virtually over Zoom.  You will be supplied with a link whenever you book a time slot.

What happens if I am late to a session?

If you know you will be more than ten minutes late, please contact me and let me know you are running a bit behind. If you are more than 10 minutes late or miss an appointment without notice you may need to forfeit the session. Rescheduling a late or missed session will be at my discretion.

What happens if I miss a session?

Please give me at least a 24 hour notice if you know you will need to miss a session.  Without 24 hour notice, the session will be forfeit or rescheduled at my discretion.  I will not reschedule no shows with zero notification.  Time blindness is a big part of ADHD so I completely understand these situations occur.  Please do your best to keep me updated.

What is the difference between a life coach and therapist?

There are some overlaps between coaches and therapists but they are markedly different in emphasis.  Generally coaching is more future-focused on hitting a goal.  This does not mean we do not ever go into the past because that is often where our obstacles come from.  While I will not shy away from heavier topics, it is my ethical responsibility to refer you to a therapist or psychiatrist if you are in a dark place that prevents any forward movement.  For example, if you see your situation as so hopeless that you are unwilling to work on making changes or trying new things.  

 

Another key difference is that as a coach I do not diagnose or label you.  My goal is to work with you as an equal.  Coaches partner with their clients and avoid giving direct advice or recommendations of what should work for you based on a diagnosis.   It is a more individualized approach where we are both discovering what works for you.  

Working with a coach and therapist in tandem can also work very well for some clients.  Above all, I think finding a good fit is key for both!  

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