frequently asked questions

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What is Coaching?

Coaching is defined by the International Coach Federation as the partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential ( Coaching is a close relationship and partnership that provides structure, accountability, expertise and inspiration.  Coaching helps you grow, develop and exceed what you can do alone.  We can all use a good coach!

What is the difference between health coaching and wellness coaching?

They have more in common than differences.  Health coaches focus on managing medical risks and conditions.  Wellness coaches use their expertise toward prevention of medical conditions and enhancement of well-being.  Both wellness coaches and health coaches draw upon client values and visions for goal clarification.  Both use coaching methods to address barriers that prevent the client from succeeding in areas of health and well being. 

What is the difference between coaching and therapy?

In coaching, a client deals with shaping the future and building on what works/has worked.  Clients are emotionally sound and looking to grow into greater potential.  Coaching helps clients create opportunities through a partner/collegial relationship.  Coaching focuses on the client taking action.  The coach assists clients to discover their own answers within themselves.

Therapy is covered by many insurance policies. In therapy, a client deals with the past/ root cause of current issues.  Therapy is used for clients meeting a clinical diagnosis and/or seeking emotional healing. The relationship remains doctor/patient, whereas the therapist, in the role as expert helps to heal.  Therapy can often focus on talking rather than action.  The therapist, in role as expert, may have the answers the client seeks.

I have a therapist.  Can I still do coaching?

Yes. Coaching and therapy can work well together as complementary modalities to help the individual reach full potential.  First, however, I recommend consulting with your therapist about the advisability of working with a coach.  In my experience I have found they work well together. 

I need  therapy. can i do  coaching instead?

No, because coaching does not treat mental disorders as defined by the American Psychiatric Association.  Coaching is not a substitute for counseling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mental health care or substance abuse treatment.  I would be glad to speak with you if you are not sure if you need a therapist or a coach.

I live in a different state.  Can I still coach with you?

Yes. Although located in North Carolina, I am able to offer coaching services both nationally and internationally. I offer coaching over the phone or through secured video.

I live in a different state.  Can you still be my therapist?

No. My license as a therapist limits me to only provide counseling services to clients in the state of North Carolina. I can provide counseling in-person at my Asheville office or through a secure video option..

can you be both my therapist and coach?

No. I can, however, assist you in determining the service that will fit your needs best during a free 15 minute phone consultation.

Is Coaching Covered By Insurance?

No.  It is recommended to speak with your health insurance company to see if health coaching services are reimbursable.

Is Counseling Covered By Insurance?

Yes. Therapy is covered by many insurance policies. I am in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare and Aetna. Check with your insurance provider to see if therapy is covered in your policy. 

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes. I process credit card payments through Pay Pal and Stripe.

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