Questions about Health Coaching
What is a health coach and how does coaching work?
A health coach, or wellness coach, partners with you to create a satisfying and healthy lifestyle. The coach helps you clarify what you want; facilitates exploration of options and perspectives; and enhances personal accountability as you move toward your specific goals.
How is health coaching different from counseling?
Counseling looks to the past to understand “why;” coaching looks at “how” to create a future full of possibilities. Someone usually comes to counseling to find relief from pain and to gain stability. An individual who works with a coach in a collaborative partnership develops a vision for the future and focuses on finding strategic, creative ways to grow and move forward toward desired goals.
How can coaching help me?
The coaching process can help you achieve greater confidence in taking ownership of your overall health and related decisions. For example you may:
- Gain greater self-awareness by discovering hidden strengths and clearly defining what matters most in your life
- Attain an improved life balance
- Gain an understanding of your purpose and calling that you had not realized previously
- Experience an improvement in relationships or professional growth
- Experience significant spiritual growth through the coaching partnership
- Once and for all make the changes necessary to manage your weight and food choices
What can I expect from you as my coach?
You can expect me to listen carefully to your concerns and ask meaningful questions to guide you on your journey toward optimal health. I will support you as you clarify what is most important to you and as you create your vision and goals for wellness. With my partnership and guidance, you can become a person living out your purpose with intention and wholeness.
Where do you coach and how long are sessions?
Coaching sessions can be in person at my office, over the phone, or video chat. Scheduled sessions are typically 30 to 45 minutes with email support between sessions. The first session is 60 minutes.
Will my insurance cover coaching?
Health Coaching is not covered by insurance benefits. You may choose from a variety of plans with a monthly fee.
Questions about Counseling
Is counseling right for me?
There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life, such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges.
Do I really need counseling? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. Therapy provides support and long-lasting benefits by giving you the tools you need to respond to triggers in healthy ways, and to create healthy patterns in thinking that will lead to living a purposeful life.
What is counseling like?
Every counseling session is unique and caters to your specific goals. We will meet at my office weekly or every other week and a typical session lasts fifty minutes. Together, we will discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.
Do you accept insurance? How does it work?
Yes, I do accept insurance for counseling and am in-network for most insurance plans. To determine if you have mental health coverage, check with your insurance carrier. Once I have your insurance information, I will file your claims and you will be responsible for any co-pays or deductible amounts. Learn more in Rates, Insurance & Policies.
Questions about Confidentiality
Are counseling and coaching conversations confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and therapist or coach. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule and include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.