Why do people seek coaching?
People seek coaching for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth, while others need to learn how to make difficult life choices and career change. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, life coaching can help. Coaching can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping mechanisms for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, career advancement or change, leadership, management skills for advancement, spiritual conflicts and issues, stress management, effective communication and leadership skills and getting through creative blocks. People seeking coaching are willing to take personal responsibility for their life and actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. They are people who are not willing to see themselves as powerless or victims in life. They want to learn how to make life work for them. This is a new breed of people!
What can I expect in a coaching session?
During sessions you are expected to talk about the primary concerns and issues that affect your life and career. A session lasts 50 minutes, but some people request longer sessions. Usually weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about, process and journal what was discussed. Your greatest creative thoughts will often generate between sessions. At times, you may be asked to take certain actions outside of the coaching sessions, such as reading a relevant book or doing requested assignments. For coaching to "work," you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the coaching sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a coach?
A number of benefits are available from participating in coaching. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Coaching will provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find coaching to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family and work concerns, and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from coaching depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from coaching include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your personal and work relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek coaching
- Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Manage anger, depression, and other emotional pressures more effectively
- Improve communications skills, by learning how to recognize different styles of communication in others and to approach each person in the manner that best allows them to understand and take in what you have to say
- Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns - breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems
- Discover skills for more accurately reading others
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence by correctly indentifying your talents and learning how to effectively use them in the manner that will attract you the greatest success
What if I don't know what my goals are for coaching?
If you aren't sure what your goals are for coaching, our first task is to figure that out. The initial sessions will be devoted to getting a thorough history and Enneagram profile is used to evaluate talents, strengths and competencies. It may take several sessions before a direction is clarified. During the course of coaching your goals may change as you become more aware of your options. However, establishing a direction for coaching always helps you get the most out of the experience.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
There is a confusing array of insurance arrangements. The first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions. Often Dr. Ehrlich asks client to pay at the time of services and he helps you to receive back any entitled reimbursements. Please be aware that clients seeking coaching for business related goals there often is no benefits, but there is often full tax writeoff, especially for those who are independently employed, independent contractors or consultants. Ask your insurance company the following questions:
- Do I have mental health benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- How much do you pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is there a limitation on how much you will pay per session?
- Is primary care physician approval required?
Is coaching confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a coach. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The coach is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The coach must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The coach will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.