Frequently asked questions
What's the difference between Therapy and Coaching?
Therapists are the trauma surgeons, emergency room personnel and paramedics of the mental health and well being community. Coaches have a fully stocked first aid kit and skills to put it to good use, but they are not physicians. Coaching clients may be what I call “the walking wounded” but they have to be ambulatory in order to be a good fit for the coaching process.
A coach comes alongside their client to brainstorm, provide information, and examine potential decisions. A therapist can do all of these things, but they often also need to intervene at a deeper level to direct care, prescribe behavior and make choices on behalf of their client. A coach never takes that much control over a client’s life. Guide and encourage, yes. Command direction, never.
People can, and sometimes need to, move between therapy and coaching. Individuals who have gotten their mental health illnesses under control or in remission can benefit tremendously from individual and group coaching. Individuals who are being coached need to transfer to a therapist if they experience a mental health crisis. A good coach will help a client make this transfer when decompensation occurs, rather than continuing to try to tend to themselves.
How long will it take for me to heal?
Healing from trauma is a lifelong enterprise. However, that does notmean that you will be in agony the entire time. With every client I've had, there has always been an "out if the woods" moment where they're life, and their energy is allocated towards happiness, health, peace and fun and not used for strictly trying to survive.
Are we going to be stuck in an office every time?
If you choose to visit me in person we can meeta at the office, a coffee shop, the park, etc. Whatever environment facilitates your healing, I'll be there. As long as it's in Manhattan!
Do you do online coaching sessions?
Yes, I do online sessions via Skype, Facetime and Zoom.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I do not accept insurance.