Coaching differs from psychotherapy in several important respects:
- it begins in the reality that you are facing in your life today
- it is oriented to a specific set of circumstances
- it is based in action planning
- it is positive and supportive of the plans we develop together to meet your own unique needs
- it is not rehashing of your past or seeking the deeper roots of psychological distress
- it can be done in conjunction with work you are doing with your psychotherapist
- it is a means of developing your own expertise in managing your life, just as you would improve your game with a tennis coach
You may wonder...
Can someone really help online?
Yes! Clients report that working online provides a unique and convenient way to meet that sometimes can feel even more personal and direct than meeting in person.
How long does coaching take?
In order to create a plan for our work together, I've developed a four-session schedule that incorporates your own goals and is also respectful of your budget, so that you don't feel you're caught in an endless cycle of coaching. Our goal will be to help you identify where you are and where you would like to be, and then I will support you as we build the roadmap. I will hold you accountable to your choices, and I will remind you of your goals, which we will adjust to account for changes you may want to make. I will be your guide, and your companion. I will keep you on track.
How do I know you can do what you say you can do?
Our first session is an opportunity for you to gauge whether you trust me, whether you believe you can work with me, whether you feel that our styles are compatible, and whether you sense that I have talents and abilities that will be helpful and supportive to you as you undertake this new look at your life and your dreams. My credentials and my statements about my reasons for doing this work are here on the About Me page. And, of course, you are welcome to ask me as many questions as you like in order to feel comfortable with your decision to work with me.
Many clients tell me that the only problem they have is wishing they had started this work sooner. You can decide whether this is the right thing for you, and whether this is the right time. One way to begin your discernment process is to start with one or more of my courses at TheNeurodiverseCouple.thinkific.com.
How will we know when our work is finished?
Once we complete our initial session and the four-week program afterwards, you may want to schedule the occasional session after that in order to concentrate on specific areas that may arise. We can certainly do that. I will be here for you as long as you want to continue working with me. You will decide when to move on.