Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the sessions?

Coaching sessions last 45 minutes for teenagers and young adults. I am also available by text Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM. If you text after 5PM, I will return the following day. Parenting sessions also last 45 minutes.

What are your rates?

$165 per session.  

Are sessions virtual or in person?

I can meet with anybody local to Portland, OR. If you do not live at or near Portland, the appointments will be virtual.

Is there a fee for cancellation of an appointment?

Yes. I require 24 hours’ advance notice otherwise a $50 fee.

What is the difference between coaching and therapy?

The goal of therapy is often to untangle or resolve the past. Coaching focuses on moving toward future goals and potential. Therapy addresses diagnosable mental disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder, PTSD and OCD. In this case the goal of therapy is often to regain functionality at home, school or work. Coaching works for individuals that are currently functional and looking to become more efficient and effective. A coach facilitates this by tapping into the individual’s innate strengths and values.

How exactly do you combine these approaches?

I am primarily a coach. However, ten years as a therapist has given extra tools to address fear, anxiety and uncomfortable feelings that might be holding your child back. When it comes to working with adolescents, the toolbox can never be too big.

How do I know if my child needs help or is just going through normal adolescent challenges?

The answer to this often lies in your child’s solutions rather than their problems. For instance, a child’s solution to stressful schoolwork might be to procrastinate, only to have more stress waiting for them the night before it is due. While academic anxiety is certainly “normal,” the habit of avoiding activities because they are challenging has negative long-term effects. Working with a professional can help your child work through the uncomfortable feelings of daily homework (or other challenging activities), so they can break the anxiety cycle and accomplish their goals.

You work with teenagers and young adults. What exactly is the age of a young adult?

I am referring to individuals (usually between 20 and 30) who are facing the challenges that come with college and/or independent living.

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