What is “life coaching”?
Life coaching involves working with a professional life coach to assess your current situation, which may include feelings, relationships, problems, and jobs or roles. Together, life coaches and clients set goals and work collaboratively toward achieving a desirable outcome. Unlike traditional psychotherapy, coaching does not involve diagnoses or processing past experiences; it focuses on the here and now, with a constant vision toward the future.
What can email support do for me?
It can help you have a space to vent, to share your feelings (good, bad, or confusing), to explore and seek a better understanding of yourself in your new context. Email support allows you the flexibility to contact your life coach when it works for you, without commuting, leaving home, or needing to make it to a set appointment time. Additionally, it allows you to take time to get your thoughts out, to choose your words carefully as you write, and to edit/refer back to your comments. The drawback to this is that you will not necessarily receive instant feedback. I will reply within 48 hours (often much sooner), but you must be willing/able to wait for that response.
It’s actually quite a deal! Traditional therapists charge up to $175 per session, but because everything is online rather than in an office, I can pass savings on to you, making this a very affordable—yet equally effective--means of counseling.
Yes. Your information will not be shared. By law, I have an obligation to report to authorities if I suspect that you might harm yourself, or someone else, but otherwise, your information will be kept secure. More information about confidentiality is included in the informed consent form, which you must read and sign prior to commencing services.
No. In some situations it is better to seek support locally, where you can meet face to face with someone. If you are in crisis, you should contact local authorities or go to the emergency room. In other situations, I may recommend after we first connect, that you seek additional support, and I will assist you in referring you to someone better suited to help you.
Please immediately contact 911, or go to your local emergency room. Here is a list of other crisis resources:
Suicide Hotline: 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433) or TTY - Hearing & Speech Impaired: 1.800.799.4889
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or TTY - Hearing & Speech Impaired: 1.800.787.3224
Child Abuse: 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453)
One of the great things about tele-support, is that you can do it from your own home…no need to go out, disrupt naptime, or get a babysitter. Being home with the baby, or babies, while on the phone poses its own problems, however, and we are sensitive to this difficulty. Babies cry; and, that’s ok. In workshops or groups, you can mute yourself, if you’d like to stay on the call and are concerned about disturbing others. During individual sessions, we can assess on a case by case basis whether it is important to continue our session, while you tend to the baby, or whether we should reschedule or complete our session via email, when you are able.
Registering for services is a 3 step process:
1) You complete the registration form
2) You submit your payment via paypal
3) I will email you to follow up, either replying to your email therapy submission, scheduling a time for us to talk, or with call-in instructions for your group.
Unfortunately, all services are non-refundable.
Services are confidential, meaning that I will not share your information, but it is not anonymous. By law, I am required to know certain things about you (like your name and address) in order to provide you with services.
No. Your contact information will not be shared; I keep it under lock and key. If you register for a group, I will send you an email reminder, and a post-group evaluation, but that’s it.