Frequently Asked Questions
- What is coaching?
- How is coaching different than therapy?
- Since you have a degree in law, do you provide legal advice?
- Do you provide any other professional services other than coaching?
- Is coaching effective if I am currently going through a transition?
- Is coaching effective if I have just gone through a transition?
- Is coaching effective if my transition was years before?
- Do you coach men?
- Do you coach people who are divorced or going through a divorce?
- Do you coach people with other life transitions?
- Do you coach people with career transitions?
- Do you offer group coaching?
- Do I have to live in Connecticut to be coached?
- Is coaching over the phone effective rather than in person?
- What is a typical coaching session like?
- Is there confidentiality?
- What are your fees?
- Does health insurance cover coaching fees?
What is coaching?
Coaching is a transformational process to achieve a better life as you choose. Each session starts with your agenda as you focus on your issues, interests, challenges, problems and goals to create more personal power and to bring about meaningful change in your life. How? By asking direct and powerful questions, the coach taps into your own resourcefulness and guides you to choose your best options and solutions and to help you to move you forward. Think of the coach as the light bearer, lighting a path to where you want to go and helping you tackle obstacles along the way.
How is coaching different than therapy?
Therapists are licensed mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, psychoanalysts and social workers who work with patients with diagnosable medical and mental conditions. They often examine the patient’s past to find root causes of current problems and help the client heal, recover and resolve issues. Coaching by contrast, is not clinical in nature, is not based on a diagnosis and does not usually delve into the past except for background information. The focus of coaching is forward momentum. Remember, coaching is NOT therapy. Clients are ultimately responsible for all of their own choices and decisions in their lives that are discussed in coaching sessions.
Since you have a degree in law and are a member of the CT Bar, do you provide legal advice?
No, I do NOT counsel law, provide legal advice or act as a lawyer in coaching sessions or as a coach. I solely act within the role of coach but can draw from my personal and professional background and experience to gain more clarity on issues.
I also disclose that I am a licensed Realtor in the State of Connecticut but do not give real estate advice in my role as a coach.
Do you provide any other professional services other than coaching?
No, I am NOT a trained or licensed mental health professional, therapist, counselor, consultant, psychologist, psychiatrist or psychoanalyst but a trained coach. I also do not give any legal or real estate advice (see above), financial or medical advice or any other advice that a trained or licensed professional would give and may request that you seek other professional guidance for some issues.
Is coaching effective if I am currently going through a transition?
Yes, coaching is very helpful during a transition in your life to add clarity and guidance. The emphasis is on a successful transition and keeping your well-being at the forefront.
Is coaching effective if I have just gone through a transition?
Yes, coaching is a wonderful way to start you onto a new beginning or the road to recovery. Coaching helps you to identify your personal and professional goals and helps you get on track and move ahead to creating a new direction.
Is coaching effective if my transition was years before?
Yes, many people are stuck after a life transition with many issues. Coaching helps increase your personal power to have a rewarding career, better social life, successful relationships and more personal fulfillment. You will reestablish your goals while setting new ones and implement a plan to achieve those goals.
Do you coach men?
Yes. Men typically like the goal oriented momentum which coaching provides and I have worked with many men on a variety of personal and professional issues.
Do you coach people who are divorced or going through a divorce?
Yes, I coach people through all stages of the divorce process: before, during and after divorce.
Do you coach people with other life transitions?
Yes, I coach people of all ages and backgrounds going through various life transitions who are committed to redirecting their personal lives.
Do you coach people with career transitions?
Yes, I coach people of all ages and backgrounds in various stages of career transitions such as, reentering the work market, entreprenuerial ideas, career/job transitions, education direction, etc.
Do you offer group coaching?
Yes, group coaching is offered in person or via telephone if all participants have a common issue or objective. Inquire directly for specific information.
Do I have to live in Connecticut to be coached?
No, coaching is very effective over the phone.
Is coaching over the phone effective rather than in person?
Yes, many coaching sessions are via phone. It is an efficient, convenient way for you to work on your issues from the comfort of your own home or office without wasting precious time to travel. And you can choose who you want to work with no matter where they are located. Each call is scheduled so that you can prepare a space without interruptions. And because of the phone’s audible nature, you can immediately focus on your agenda and be productive without visual distraction.
What is a typical coaching session like?
Each session approximately 45 minutes, begins with a review of progress made since your last session. Then, you determine the agenda. I ask powerful questions and actively listen to elicit your own natural resourcefulness and to guide you in the direction you aim to go. Options may be weighed, suggestions might be made and challenges might be presented. The session ends with more clarity and action step(s) to help you get closer to your objective.
Is there confidentiality?
Yes, all sessions are confidential unless there is a safety risk to you or anyone else. I follow the ethics and standards of the International Coach Federation.
What are your fees?
Fees for coaching services are grouped in sessions of three and paid in advance. An introductory session fee is available for background information and to see how we can work together. A three month minimum commitment is highly suggested for optimal effectiveness but not required. Inquire directly for coaching fees.
Does health insurance cover coaching fees?
No, coaching does treat diagnosable conditions so fees are not reimbursed by health insurance providers. My fees are a professional service much like those you pay to an accountant or other service provider.