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Coaching FAQ

What Is Coaching, Exactly?

Coaching focuses on how you want to be and what you want to do in the present and future. You and I work in partnership to create visions, build on strong foundations, work through challenges, and take action in alignment with your values.

Coaching sessions are essentially conversations that can include inquiry, learning, and trying new things. In these conversations we notice and work with thoughts, feelings, sensations, behaviors, images, and experiences, both one at a time and in patterns. There are plenty of metaphors of what this process might feel like—beautifying a garden, tuning an instrument, renovating a home, turning a cottage industry into a successful business—but really the experience is unique. The only way to experience it is to try it, and that is one of the reasons I offer a free initial meeting.

Do you take insurance?

Coaching is not covered by health insurance. However, it might be possible to use a personal insurance account (HSA, FSA, or HRA), but you would need to verify this.

Do you use a sliding scale?

I do not use a sliding scale, but it is important to me that people get the help they need. If my fee is not within your current means, please tell me during the initial consultation, and together we’ll explore options.

How long does coaching take?

How long I work with someone entirely depends on the someone. My goal is to continue meeting as long as you are interested in and willing to forge ahead in unfolding the life you want to create and live. This kind of growth happens in truly unique ways for each person. Having said that, many people do notice this general pattern:

  • 3-6 months: effective changes begin to take root and improve quality of life
  • 9-18 months: because recent changes have opened new doors, new ways of doing and being often start to lobby internally for more systemic reforms—i.e. “life the way I really want to live it, sustainably”

Some people stop when they feel comfortable with the results of the first cycle. Some people feel happy to “graduate” and move on when they feel they have a handle on the second cycle. Some people like the rhythm of continuing to touch base as they expand and hold more in their lives. Some people’s cycles of change look completely different from the above descriptions.

For my part, it’s an incredible honor to be able to help people live more freely and fully.

Do you work in person, or remotely?

Both. Typically, if you reside locally in Western Massachusetts, we’ll meet in my office in downtown Northampton. If you live in San Francisco or Paris, that’s not going to work, so we can meet by phone or teleconference (e.g. Skype). Even if you are here in the Pioneer Valley, but getting to Northampton would prove difficult, tele-meetings are an option.

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