What does "holistic career counseling" mean?
Holistic career counseling starts by addressing your life, and then moves from that larger context to look at your job, career, finances, relationships, creativity, etc. Because you have many facets and elements to your life, we often look at how all the pieces are fitting - or not fitting - together. The goal is to help you create a life you truly love, with work that supports and integrates with your larger vision.
We look at the "whole" you. During coaching, many people find they encounter the very challenges that may have kept them stuck in the past. Addressing these areas often includes looking at emotions, beliefs, hidden dreams, self-esteem, fears, etc. As people gently move through these obstacles, many experience a lightness, optimism, momentum and success that they haven't previously encountered.
Can you tell me what is special about your approach and experience?
Sure. Here are some of the most vital aspects:
What kind of people do you usually work with?
People who want to make a major career or life change, individuals in transition, moms and entrepreneurs wanting more balance, retirees looking to design their second act. Anyone open to a holistic approach that helps define a compelling life vision, and then looks at how all the different elements of one's life can connect to support that vision.
How does the process work?
Together, we will create and implement an action plan to assist you in attaining your life vision and goals. Sessions may involve dialogue, feedback, troubleshooting, planning, writing, editing, voice dialogue, or a host of other approaches customized to you and your situation. Each session, we create homework designed to give you momentum between sessions and I provide handouts, original exercises and customized activities for you to pursue between sessions. Coaching provides structure, support, focus and accountability to help you achieve breakthroughs and reach cherished goals -- in the areas that matter most to you.
How do I know if I'm ready to start coaching?
If you want to make a major change and you'd like support and accountability to reach your goals, that's an excellent start. It's also important that you have the time and space for homework between sessions. You will need 5 to 15 hours each week to devote to the process. This ensures that you will have good progress and momentum. If you have any upcoming major life events (such as a move, wedding, major travel, etc.), you may want to hold off until you can more fully focus. Feel free to call if you have questions about your circumstances and the best timing for beginning coaching.
Can you give me examples of the kind of results your clients usually see?
Of course results differ from person to person, but some of the most frequent are:
How much does it cost to work with you?
$750 per month. Three 50-minute sessions per month and interim support and materials.
$250 for first session.
~ Your first session can be used to confirm we have a good fit, and that you would like to move             forward with coaching.
~ Initial commitment is 4 months.    ~ There may be optional, additional fees for extensive resume writing.
~ VISA / MC accepted.
How often do we meet?
Generally, coaching is conducted three times per month. We meet on a weekly basis -- usually the first three weeks of each month. To make scheduling easy and consistent, we aim to set a regular day and time for your sessions.
How long do people usually continue with career and life coaching?
The initial commitment is 4 months. For those who are enjoying the process and getting great momentum, we generally work together between 6 to 10 months to achieve significant results. Some people will continue longer as they expand successes into new areas, or if their goals are super ambitious. Often, we are working on several life arenas simultaneously (for example: transition work, career assessment and research, finances and personal creativity). The length of time mostly depends on:
Can I try working with you before I commit to the first 4 months?
Yes. After the initial, complimentary phone consultation you'll decide if you're ready to pursue career and life coaching. If we both feel there is a good fit, we will schedule your first appointment. This first session is designed to confirm that we have a good rapport. If we find we aren't well-suited to work together, I will be happy to refer you to another professional that may be a better match.
Do you help with resume writing? What if I only need resume assistance?
I currently offer limited resume writing, editing and strategy services to career and life coaching clients. If extensive resume writing/editing are required, another service provider can be used, or I occasionally offer that service to clients at a discounted rate. Unfortunately, I don't currently offer stand-alone resume services for those only interested in resume assistance.
How much advance notice does it take to get an appointment?
Depending on my calendar, it can take up to three weeks to schedule an appointment. However, I do everything possible to accommodate special requests.
What meeting times are available?
We generally meet Monday through Friday, between 10:00am and 4:00pm. We can sometimes arrange a later time if meeting during daytime hours is absolutely impossible. The most competitive times are usually between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.
Where do we meet?
Most people prefer to meet at my home office, in Seattle's Phinney Ridge neighborhood. Some clients on the East side and greater Puget Sound area prefer phone sessions, to save time and avoid traffic. You are welcome to "mix-and-match" in-person and phone sessions.
Do you work with people outside Seattle and the Puget Sound?
Yes. I have worked with clients as close as Seattle and as far away as Japan. I work with most international and out-of-state clients over the phone. Sometimes, these clients may choose to fly/drive in for occasional career coaching "intensives" which can last anywhere from 4 hours to 2 days in length. We are happy to provide limited help with finding wonderful, affordable lodging to support your Seattle visit.
Are fees tax-deductible?
In many cases, career counseling is tax deductible. In the U.S., "educational expenses undertaken to maintain or improve" business and professional skills are deductible (Treas. Reg.1-162-5, Coughlin vs. Commissioner, 203F 2d 307). Please contact your tax professional for more details.
Will my health insurance cover my sessions with you?
Unfortunately, no. Most medical insurance only covers Licensed Mental Health Professionals and requires a diagnosis of a mental health disorder. For insurance to pay for treatment, it must be "medically necessary." While career and life coaching services aim to improve your quality of life, they aren't considered a medical necessity.
I'd love to work with you. What's the first step?
The first step is to read through this FAQ page.
If everything on the FAQ page looks OK to you, simply call (206) 547-4709 to schedule your phone consultation.
The cost is $25 and can be applied to career counseling services if you choose to move forward.
The phone consultation usually takes 30 to 50 minutes. You will want to have ample privacy so that you can share your situation and goals openly.
I have a question not answered here -- what should I do?
Call (206) 547-4709 or send an email and we'll get back to you!
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