Straightforward answers to your most commonly asked questions.
Well Within Coaching FAQs:
Working with a wellness coach is an empowering opportunity to create a transformation in your life and wellbeing. Taking this step is exciting and can also feel like a leap of faith. Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers to help you move forward with more confidence.
What are your qualifications? I am a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBHWC) and have a certification as an Integrative Health Coach (IIN). I have completed over 300 hours of additional training in a range of health and wellness areas. I’ve been serving clients, both as a coach and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, for over 20 years. I have a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I’m also a Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional (CIMHP.)
Who do you work with? I work primarily with high achieving professionals in the helping professions, such as mental health, social work, counseling, coaching, allied health, healthcare, and purpose-driven entrepreneurship. I would also be glad to work with you if you are being referred by a current or prior client, friend, or colleague. If you think we would be a great fit to work together, please reach out!
Are your services confidential? Yes! Your privacy is protected. Confidentiality is something I take very seriously and is a part of the Code of Ethics I follow. Limits to confidentiality apply when there is a concern related to potential abuse of a minor, elder abuse, or intent to harm self or others. Coaches are not “covered entities” under HIPAA, however I do use a HIPAA-compliant video platform for our sessions, and HIPAA-compliant email.
Can I meet with you in person? All services are provided virtually via video. Free Clarity Call sessions are held by phone. This allows you to receive coaching from the privacy and convenience of your home or office, and allows clients to access services throughout the USA and around the world!
Do you take insurance? Coaching is not currently covered by insurance plans, but I do offer a payment plan. Coaching is a powerful investment in your current and future self, and your total wellbeing. I have made this investment numerous times myself, and know what it means to receive your trust and commitment!
How many visits will I need? Because coaching services are customized to the needs of each individual, there is no set number of sessions. That said, we typically begin with a package of 10 to 30 sessions, and you are welcome to renew your program. We’ll meet weekly for 50 minutes via video. Later, sessions may be held bi-weekly or at a frequency we determine is right for you as you achieve your desired results.
How do I know whether wellness coaching is right for me? I invite you to schedule a complementary 30-minute Clarity Call. We will determine whether coaching is appropriate for your needs and whether we are a great fit to work together. Not everyone is ready for coaching. If that is the case, I will be completely transparent and share my feedback. Reach out to schedule your FREE Clarity Call.
Will you give me a food plan or work-out routines? My role is not that of a dietician or personal trainer. There are no one-size-fits-all approaches. All programs are tailored to your specific vision, goals, strengths and preferences. Coaching can stand alone, or be an excellent complement to your work with other providers. I can support you to implement changes or strategies you may be struggling with, including those recommended by another professional.
What makes you unique? I possess a diverse and varied background and set of experience, values and training in the areas of coaching, wellness, integrative mental health, lifestyle medicine, personal development, psychology, and social work. I have worked for over 20 years in a range of roles and settings, with clients and colleagues from diverse backgrounds. I have been a professional coach since 2016, and am National Board Certified (NBC-HWC).
Far more important than any credentials or decades of experience, is my approach and orientation of “whole-person-centered” care. The values that inform my work include: non-judgment, empathy, self-determination, self-compassion, mindful awareness, collaborative partnership, authenticity, growth-mindset, accountability, and universality of the human condition. I emphasize the significance of incremental progress and encourage experimentation. I aim to consistently model holistic well-being, and maintain high standards related to ethics and scope of practice.
What is the difference between coaching and therapy? Where to start! As a coach and mental health professional, I get this question a LOT. Coaching is a collaborative, facilitative and co-creative process. The process is client-driven and is more goal-directed. Coaching focuses on the present and future, rather than the past. Coaching is not about healing from a disorder or condition, but rather shifting from where you are, to where you want to be. I go into more depth on this topic in this blog article.
To decide if coaching is right for you, I invite you to schedule a FREE 30-minute clarity call.
During this session, we will discuss your needs and interests to determine how I can best support you in achieving your goals. Learn more about my approach to wellbeing and finally focus on YOU.
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