Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is coaching?
Many of us already know what we are required to do to thrive, yet we don't necessarily do it. When we decide to make a big step in a positive direction (whether it's initiating an exercise routine, learning a new skill, finishing an old project, or turning a new leaf in a relationship) we start out well, but soon we find ourselves self-sabotaging, getting overwhelmed, falling off the wagon and even giving up altogether. Like with everything else in life, however, making our efforts turn to success is a form of creative art; It's a systematic process that requires knowledge, skill, and mastery.
We often get generous support from friends and family, yet what tends to happen is surprising. The closest people to us can also end up sabotaging our success because they are subconsciously driven to over-protect us. Not to mention the self-sabotage that often comes from our own subconscious mind.
Gathering the right information, knowing what to do, how and when to do it, isn't always easy; We are already bombarded with much contradictory information regarding what is good for our health! And even when we do have the right information - we don't always do what we are supposed to. Following through is a question of accountability. Life is already demanding as it is, and we are often spread too thin... No wonder our new resolutions fall through before we even begin to see any results.
This is why having an educated professional to keep you supported, informed, and accountable makes a complete difference when it comes to reaching your goals.
How is coaching different from therapy?:
Coaching is a process of self-discovery and thought expansion to achieve personal goals. It is set apart from therapy by the way the goals of a client are approached. Coaches utilize their expertise of methodologies and tools to help you through a process of self-discovery. It is different from traditional therapy in that coaching is future-oriented with no focus on mental illness. Therapy is mental illness-focused. I do not treat mental illness - I prevent it, as well as help you cope for the future through education and the use of various strategies. My education qualifies me to apply my expertise in each of the 9 dimensions of wellness.
Can I work with you if I don't have ADHD?
Absolutely! My style of coaching is individualistic and I love to work with anyone that is seeking out a well-balanced, healthy life. I have a comprehensive education that produces whole-person, mind, body, soul wellness. I just have some extra education within the realm of neurodiversity - which actually ends up being quite beneficial in coaching everyone! We are all different, so it is important to find a coach that can easily adapt to all individualistic traits and lifestyles.
Can You Help Me Lose Weight?
Yes! I am also a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition's Intensive Coaching Practicum and am on the path to board certification in Health and Wellness by the Board of Medical Examiners. By examining your current eating patterns, cultural ancestry, behavior history, sleep habits, lifestyle, beliefs, memories related to dieting, and personal goals, we will determine the best bio-individual weight management route for you. With this information, we can reveal patterns necessary to achieve well-rounded growth and holistic weight management solutions.
What is ADHD Coaching?
An ADHD Coach is essentially a "life coach" who is trained to help individuals with ADHD. ADHD Coaches support their clients in developing a comprehensive understanding of both the nature of ADHD and the impact of ADHD on their client's quality of life.
How are ADHD Coaches Beneficial?
Many people with ADHD lack organizational skills, often losing things or becoming overloaded with commitments. They may struggle with managing their time, prioritizing, planning, persisting at tasks, and sustaining motivation towards goals. ADHD Coaches tackle these and similar life management, productivity, and matters of efficiency.
What do ADHD Coaches Do?
ADHD Coaches work with clients to create structures, support, skills, and strategies. Coaching assists clients with ADHD to stay focused on their goals, face obstacles, address core ADHD-related issues like time management, organization, other executive functions, self-esteem, gain clarity, and function more effectively overall.
How did ADHD Coaching Start?
The idea of ADHD Coaching was first brought up in 1995. The article, "Coaching: An Adjunct to the Treatment of ADHD," was based on Dr. Hallowell's clinical experience as a psychiatrist working with patients with ADHD. Dr. Hallowell was inspired by the frustration of his inability to provide the more intensive support that was often necessary to help his patients manage the challenges and complications of daily life. "While most of these patients want to succeed, their symptoms keep tripping them up," noted Dr. Hallowell. "Their problems lie not so much in assessing what they would do, but as in following through. Most individuals with ADHD can tell you what they would like to do, their problem lies in doing it." ADHD Coaching fills a serious "gap" in wellness. This is where a trained coach works to skills train, assist, provide guidance, support, accountability, and supplement treatment.
How do I get started?
The most intimidating part is getting started.
Step 1: Click the button that says, "Book a Virtual Session" and find a time from the schedule that works for you.
Step 2: Pay by credit card or choose a payment plan to save your spot! Note: If you would like to pay through PayPal, please email, call, or text me.
Step 3: You will be sent an invoice by email. This email will include the Zoom link to your session. At the time of your appointment, a click on that link will connect you to me!
Step 4: You will be sent a Coaching Agreement Form. Please sign this before your appointment.
Step 5: Click on the Zoom link during the time of your appointment.
Step 6: You will receive check-in support in between sessions, typically by email or text. You may also reach out to me at any point(s) in between sessions. Phone call support is also permissible as long as they are under 10 minutes. You will find more information on this in the Coaching Agreement form.
How long are the sessions?:
Sessions typically run from 60 minutes to 75 minutes long. If you would like to book a longer appointment, please contact me.
How Often Should I Receive Coaching?
This all depends on the individual. Typically, at least 1-2 times a week for 3 to 6 months. Although it is not necessary, purchasing a payment plan that includes multiple sessions improves the overall quality of coaching because it allows for optimal program planning and management of our time. It is truly the most beneficial for building and transferring skills, as well as setting and attaining goals. It also helps to keep your motivation high!
What if I have a question that is not listed here/How can I contact you?
I try to make contacting me as simple as possible by offering numerous methods of reaching out. Choose what is easiest, and least stressful for you:
I can be contacted by email:
By phone call or text at any time 585-210-0070
Or through the contact form located in the website menu.
What if I have a coaching preference in mind or if there is a particular way I would like to receive coaching?
Please contact me! Anything is possible and I am usually okay with shifting things around if it has the potential to help.
Do you take insurance?
I currently receive payment out-of-pocket. I will begin taking insurance once I become board-certified. I know at first hand how much coaching transforms the lives of others and understand that the word "affordability" is based on context and varies. You are more than a paycheck to me, but please keep in mind that I need to survive too - If cost poses an issue, please contact me and I will see if anything can be worked out. <3 All people deserve help, and no one should be left behind - so no judgments. I also offer package deals with no interest! Please contact me with any questions.
What does a Somatic Coach Practitioner do?
In a clinical or talk therapy setting, the client is often taught to rely on the expertise of the therapist or professional versus to trust their own insights and bodily wisdom. The somatic methodology aims to reconnect you to the inherent wisdom that resides within, leading you to grow beyond limitations. While working with my clients, I encourage them to be introspective and remind them to connect with their intuition, trust their own insights, and tune into the deep messages from within. The goal isn't to keep you coming back forever. I want to see you grow to a place where you can walk away with the tools I teach you, trust in yourself, and have confidence in your own judgment. I do love hearing back from my clients though, so keep in touch :)
What is Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)?:
Trauma-Informed Care is a framework, a mindset, a way of looking at the human experience. The intention of Trauma-Informed Care is not to treat symptoms or issues related to any form of trauma but rather to provide support services in a way that is accessible and appropriate to those who may have experienced trauma. TIC assumes that an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. TIC coaches will be able to listen out for the signs and symptoms that may be part of an internal trauma system, both in the client and in themselves. TIC is not working with clients who require the high level of care offered by a psychiatrist. Trauma-Informed Care recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma may play in an individual’s life. They have creative approaches for accessing autobiographical information from their clients without any aim to be diagnosticians.
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What is Mental Health First Aid?:
Mental Health First Aid is a national skills-based training program that teaches the skills on how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. At this time only doctors can diagnose mental illness. MHFA can suspect diagnoses, and therefore will refer you to the correct professional, but we do not clinically diagnose, or treat mental illness. And don't worry, this by no means mean sharing your private information with others. The information from our sessions is always private unless otherwise made permissible by you. Together, we can go over if you would like to become formally diagnosed by a doctor of psychiatry - as that is something that usually stays on your health record forever - or if you would prefer to work through mental illness with a psychotherapist instead.