Below you will find answers to the most common questions we receive.
How can therapy help me?
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
- To avoid triggers,
- Re-direct damaging patterns, and
- Overcome whatever challenges you face.
Coaching vs. Therapy: What Are the Differences and When Do You Refer?
Two of the most frequently asked questions are: “What is the difference between coaching and therapy?” and, “When do I refer a client for therapy?” There are many resources available to help answer these questions. Many articles on these topics exist in several coaching publications including Choice Magazine (www.choice-online.com), and the ICF has information about it on their website, at www.coachfederation.org.
Tears and emotion do not necessarily mean a person needs therapy; it merely means they have feelings. Feelings are a normal and healthy part of being human. As coaches, we bring awareness and curiosity to the emotions of our clients so that they can make better choices and move into action. We are present with our clients in the current expression of their emotions and bring curiosity to that place, whether it’s in our client’s magnificence or the challenging places of their inner and outer lives. As coaches, we don’t deal with the psychological antecedent to the emotion— that is the realm of therapy. If tearfulness, moodiness, and depression continue over time and do not end, then the coach should bring this to the attention of their client and together explore the need for therapy.
Discovering that there is something that should be addressed by therapy is a positive coaching outcome, and as coaches, we refer clients to therapy when needed. There are many possible scenarios in this situation— one is that the coach holds the client accountable to finding a therapist and completes the coaching. Another is that the coach, client, and therapist design an alliance whereby the coaching continues and the client works with a therapist at the same time. (Reference: The Coaches Training Institute.)
What is therapy and wellness coaching like?
- to discuss the current events happening in your life,
- your personal history relevant to your issue, and
- report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous session.
Depending on your specific needs, therapy and wellness coaching can be short-term, for a particular issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your provider (usually weekly).
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
What type of therapies or modalities do you employ in your practice?
I use a variety of therapeutic and wellness coaching approaches. Some of these methods are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Solution-Focused approach, Narrative approach, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Experiential modalities. Depending on the needs of the client, I create an individualized treatment plan and tailor my approach accordingly.
What other languages do you offer services in and what is your level of proficiency?
I am bilingual and also offer services in Spanish. Although I was raised here in the US, I speak fluent Spanish and am fully proficient in the language.
Does what we talk about in sessions remain confidential?
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
- If the provider has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.