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General FAQ

What’s the difference between therapy, counseling, and coaching?

I use the terms coaching and counseling interchangeably to describe a process designed to solve problems, modify behavior and improve quality of life. Therapy traditionally assumes there is something wrong with the individual, but coaching and counseling emphasizes that there is a great deal that is right. By looking at what works and building new behaviors on that, we work quickly toward successful outcomes.

I don’t know anything about counseling (except that everyone in my family
is against it)
and I’m sort of afraid. How scary is it?

You might be surprised to learn that a lot of people are afraid to go into counseling, for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they think they’ll be forced to do something they don’t want to do, or admit or reveal something they don’t want to talk about. Some people think that if they have counseling they’ll no longer be “themselves.”

These assumptions are incorrect. It’s very, very important to me that you feel safe during your coaching experience. You are in charge and involved in every decision that’s made. You will never be forced or obliged to do or say anything. We progress at a pace that is comfortable for you. If you ever have doubts or concerns or are feeling a little afraid—with me or with any therapist—you should talk about it immediately.

Successful counseling should not only make you feel more like yourself, but it should also make you like yourself more!

How long will it take?

During your first session, we will explore your options, so you can make an informed decision about your coaching experience. For the best results, we recommend an initial commitment of 12 weekly sessions. During that period you will have an opportunity to move along at your own pace. After twelve weeks we will look back together at what you’ve accomplished and you may decide whether (and how) additional coaching will be useful.

If you’re busy, we’ll find ways to accommodate your schedule, whether you are interested in short-term, intensive, or ongoing coaching. Sessions may be conducted in-person and by phone. If you are flying in from out of town, we will customize the length of sessions, frequency and intensity to suit your personal needs.

Do you see people on weekends?

Yes, by appointment

Do you see people in the evenings?

Yes, by appointment


Families

We’ve had some “anger issues” in our marriage and now our son is acting out, both at home and at school. What should we do?

Just like individuals and couples, families need communication tools to work together successfully. Family counseling supports each individual and the family as a whole as we look for ways to replace problem behavior with productive, rewarding behavior. Often, once we’ve addressed the at-home issues, many of the problems at school will resolve themselves.


Anger

Is anger always bad?

Absolutely not! If your small child picks up a chain saw or runs out into the street, your angry (but not violent) response will help them learn an important lesson. If you are able to channel your anger with a co-worker’s chronic lateness, you may end up with a better working relationship and more effective results. At work and in your relationships, feelings of anger may indicate that a problem is brewing. You can learn to recognize your angry feelings and deal with the underlying problem before it escalates.


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