Coaching versus Psychotherapy
There are some similarities between coaching and psychotherapy, but we do not conduct psychotherapy with our coaching clients. Although both coaching and psychotherapy use knowledge of human behavior, motivation, behavioral change, and interactive counseling techniques, there are major differences in the goals, focus, and level of professional responsibility. Because of these differences, the roles of coach and psychotherapist are often in potential conflict, so we believe that it is ethically inappropriate, under most circumstances, for us to play both roles with a client. In some situations, we may recommend that you enter psychotherapy as a condition of continuing coaching.
We provide coaching to develop and implement strategies
to help clients reach personally identified goals and reach personal satisfaction.
Coaching is proven to work when there are two factors present:
- You are willing to make changes in your professional or personal life
- There is a gap between where you are now and where you want to be
That is all that is necessary for the coach and client to solve professional or personal challenges and/or design and implement a plan of action. Through an interactive and developmental process, I will help you pursue strategies and solutions designed to move you towards the rapid and satisfying attainment of your personal goals. As a coach I respect, acknowledge, and protect the vulnerability and confidentiality of each client, while constructively holding clients to high standards of self-responsibility and self-accountability.
Coaching is scheduled at the mutual convenience of the client. The day and time for the next call will be confirmed at the close of each coaching session. Services requested by the client, in addition to coaching calls, will be billed at the hourly rate during each coaching session. Payment is expected at the beginning of each appointment.
Please remember that you must give 48 hours prior notice if you need to cancel or change the time of an appointment, otherwise you will be charged for the session in full. The coach will make reasonable efforts to reschedule sessions, which are cancelled in a timely manner. Either party may end the coaching relationship at any time, by giving written, email, or verbal communication of their desire to end the coaching sessions.
If, at any time, you feel that your needs are not being met or you are not getting what you want out of the individual coaching, please tell us, so we can discuss your needs and adjust your coaching program, as needed.
As licensed therapists who also coaches, We adhere to the letter of our licensure in regard to confidentiality with our coaching clients. We will only release information about our work to others with your written permission.
There are some situations in which we are legally obligated to breach your confidentiality in order to protect others from harm, including (1) if we have information that indicates that a child or elderly or disabled person is being abused, we must report that to the appropriate state agency and (2) if a client is an imminent risk to him/herself or makes threats of imminent violence against another person, we are required to take protective actions. These situations rarely occur in coaching practices, but if such a situation does occur, we will make every effort to discuss it with you before taking any action.
Although, during the course of our coaching, we may discuss your future plans, business affairs, customer lists, financial information, job information, goals, personal information, and other private information, as a coach we will not voluntarily communicate the client’s information to a third party.
Coaching is a professional relationship and we will make sure to maintain our professional boundaries during and after our work together. Considerable experience shows that when boundaries blur, the hard-won benefits gained from the coaching relationship are endangered.
In order to honor and protect the coach’s intellectual property, the client agrees not to disclose or communicate information about the coach’s materials, written articles, or methods to any third parties without express permission.