Frequently Asked Questions
How Can Coaching Help Me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in coaching. Coaches provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, and stress management. Many people also find that coaches create space for personal growth leading to improved interpersonal relationships. Coaches can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from coaching depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from coaching include:
- 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 coaching
- 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
What is Coaching Like?
People seeking coaching are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives, and take responsibility for their lives. Each person has different issues and goals for coaching. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your career, and personal history relevant to your issue. We discuss goals and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous coaching session. Depending on your specific needs, coaching contacts for typically three to four months with weekly sessions scheduled. One hour is allotted per session with occasional sessions shorter. Coaches hold you accountable and provide insight into your progress.
Group coaching aligns you with 5-7 other individuals of the same medical profession. The sessions are scheduled twice a month for an hour and a half. The best choice date and time for the group are selected. Within the session, you will share individually, be paired for discussion, and given guidance to create goals. Progress toward your individual needs is supported by the group and the magic is in the sharing and recognition that you are not alone. This broken medical system is straining everyone and participating in coaching is self-protective.
It is important to understand that you will get more results from coaching if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of coaching is to bring what you learn in sessions back into your life. Beyond the coaching sessions, I may suggest some things you can do outside of sessions to support your growth – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors, or taking action on your goals.
Together we find your joy and purpose in the broken healthcare system.
Do You Take Insurance, and How Does That Work?
Insurance-blasurance. No, I do not work for insurance payment. You may want to present your receipts to your insurer or employer for possible reimbursement.
How Confidential is Coaching?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components of coaching. Successful coaching requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not openly discussed. You will be provided a written copy of my confidential disclosure agreement and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.
Group sessions are started with each participant agreeing to confidentiality for the entire group and all that is shared. As Medical Professionals this is the same privilege you give to your patients. We extend this privacy to each other in a group setting and agree to it in writing.
However, state law and professional ethics require coaches to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders requires coaches to report to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
- If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.