What if we are not a fit?
Counseling and life coaching work best when there is a connection between you and me. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it does not. I connect with most people, but if you feel that someone can better help you after we meet, there will be no hard feelings. I want you to get the help you need.
Can you help me?
I would be lying if I said 100% yes. My counseling and life coaching style involves a balance of seeking heart insight as well as giving you tangible steps for movement. If your struggles are beyond the scope of my training and expertise, I will let you know and help you find another counselor or life coach.
What if I have to cancel my appointment?
There maybe a time or two when you need to cancel an appointment. That is completely understandable. But if you cancel or reschedule your appointment without 24 hours prior notice, you will be charged your full session fee of $100. I like to be upfront about my cancellation policy so there is no confusion.
Are our sessions confidential?
Your sessions with me remain confidential with a few exceptions that will be explained to you before we start counseling or life coaching. An example of my breaking confidentiality includes you becoming a harm to yourself or someone else. I also actively pursue keeping your client information as confidential as possible. Some communication methods we may use are not guaranteed confidential (including website contact forms, texting, phone calls), but we will also go over those limits to communication confidentiality when we first meet.
Do you meet with clients living in other States via the web?
Yes and no :-). Due to Licensed Professional Counseling regulations in Michigan, I cannot meet with counseling clients residing in other States. I can still meet with coaching clients who live in other States via the web.
Why don’t you take insurance?
This is a valid question. I used to wonder the same thing when I would go to some health care professionals. I would think, “Why in the world would you not take insurance?” Each clinician is different, but here are my reasons:
- You should have privacy over your client records and treatment plans. Many times counselors spend hours on the phone with insurance companies, taking away time and energy that should be devoted to helping you.
- Insurance companies require diagnosis codes in order for your counseling to be covered. I do not believe giving a diagnosis code to every client is in their best interest.
- Insurance companies dictate how many sessions they will pay to treat your diagnosis. Many times only a handful of sessions are covered.
- With private pay, you have more control over receiving the best care possible.
- Regarding life coaching services, as far as I know, they are never covered by insurance.
If you have more questions about anything that was written here, please do not hesitate to ask.
I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional or life coach can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy or coaching, therapy and coaching ill be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic and life coaching approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy and life coaching can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy or life coaching. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.