What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My cost is $120 per 50-minute session.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
All my new clients start with a complementary 15-minute phone consultation where we will also book the first session.
In the first session, we will start by completing a detailed assessment of your coaching and counseling needs and setting realistic expectations of the time needed to achieve the desired results. We will work together to identify concrete coaching goals and a specific plan to achieve those goals.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment
Trauma Informed Treatment
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy
California State University, Chico
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I was an undergraduate, I took an internship in a counseling center and fell in love with the job after being able to help my clients problem solve and improve their lives. It was amazing to see people come into the counseling center hurting and in need and see them progress to positive results through a series of sessions. People really do improve with counseling and I wanted to be a part of this. What I enjoy most about working with my clients is that it is one of the few jobs where you get the opportunity to grow as a person and learn while you help your clients to grow and learn.
As a counselor and life coach, I developed a unique method that employs Brief Strategic techniques with a make-sense, solution-focused approach. In the fast-paced world we live in, time is a rare commodity. My job is to help you identify the causes of your life dissatisfaction so that you may achieve happiness without spending endless hours in costly therapy sessions.
It is my belief that you are more likely to achieve and maintain positive changes in your life when you are able to see that your efforts are producing concrete, significant, and immediate improvements. Even though I am clinically trained and licensed as a marriage and family therapist, I believe that traditional therapy is limited in its ability to achieve satisfactory, tangible results. the idea for the 10-session approach was developed as an alternative to therapy.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Over the past 13 years, I have had the privilege of working with many couples and individuals from different backgrounds, issues, and levels of life dissatisfaction. Here is a list of some of the common issues that I helped my clients resolve successfully
Blended Family Issues
Life Changing Transitions
Separation or Divorce
Parenting or Co-Parenting
Relationship and Family Issues
Mind & Body Wellness
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I enjoy offering many relationship workshops and goal-setting classes throughout the year. One of my best workshops was a Wine and Hors D'oeuvres Relationship Vision Board party. Everyone brought their favorite wine an I supplied the hors d'oeuvres and supplies for the vision boards. We worked together to determine tangible goals and then created vision boards to help us visualize those goals. Everyone had a great time.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Coaching and counseling is a very personal service. As such, there is a variety of therapists, counselors and coaches offering a multitude of services to fit anyone's needs. Get to know your potential counselor and understand their approach to determine whether or not this person is a good match for your needs and learning style. Ask a lot of questions.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What are the specific goals you would like to accomplish through counseling and coaching?
What are the resources available for you to achieve those goals?
What are some of the obstacles that may get in the way of your goals?
Are you ready to make changes in your life to achieve your goals?