1. Can we talk first, to see if coaching is right for me?
Absolutely. This is not just a good idea, it’s a requirement, and the only way to know if we are a good fit. Best of all, the initial consultation is always free.
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2. Who do you coach?
The teens and young adults I work with are a widely varied group. They include high school students who are struggling with academic, social, or emotional challenges. Some are considering gap years, or are already in the midst of one. I also work with young adults who are taking some time off from college, have just completed college, or have decided that college may not be the path for them.
3. What does a coaching session look like?
Each coaching session has a flow all its own, as I believe that coaching is an organic process. That being said, there is always:
– A great deal of listening on my part
– Direct and thoughtful questions that will help propel you into new territory
– Time spent reviewing what you did since our last session, what has gone well and what has been challenging
– Things to do and work on for the next session.
4. How long will I need to do coaching?
This is tough to give a single answer to, as everyone has different goals and needs. Some people find that a month is sufficient, and then schedule occasional “tune-up” sessions. There are others who stay with me for six months or longer. I would say the average would be three to six months, as this provides the time to explore values, obstacles, and create an action plan that has long lasting results.
5. Who is Alan?
You can learn more about me by clicking here.
6. Is Coaching like therapy?
Many coaches and coaching websites go to great lengths to warn that coaching is not therapy. While that is certainly true, and important to note, there are also many similarities.
– Both Coaching and Therapy can help people identify obstacles
– Both can provide a safe and confidential place to explore how to move past those obstacles
– A good relationship with the therapist or coach is essential to growth
– One difference is that therapy has traditionally been more focused on looking at the past, and spending time and energy sorting that past out. In coaching, while we absolutely will explore the past at times, our focus tends to be more on the present, the future, and taking action.
– All that being said, I am not a therapist. In my coaching, I do not diagnose conditions, prescribe medication, or work with those dealing with an acute mental illness.
7. How much does it cost?
You can find out how much the investment is by clicking here.
8. Do you take insurance?
Unfortunately, coaching is not yet covered by health insurance. This may change in the future, but for now, no.
9. What is your refund policy?
Fortunately, this is something that arises very infrequently. This is due, in large part, to the fact that a free introductory phone call has already taken place.
The details are spelled out in the contract we both sign at the beginning of coaching. Generally, if you wish to cancel before one half of the sessions are completed, I will issue a pro-rated refund. After the half way point, there is no cash refund, but the sessions can be set aside, and used at a later time, or “gifted” to someone else if they are a good candidate for coaching.
10. Are the sessions confidential?
Similar to therapeutic relationships, our Coaching sessions are held in strict confidence, and this is taken very seriously. I abide by the International Coach Federation’s Code of Ethics, which you can review by clicking here. Confidentiality is also clearly outlined in the contract we sign at the outset.