What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
As I teach my clients, I have placed a value on my time that makes me feel comfortable in considering my investment in getting here and what I could be doing with my time if it were not "sold". This basis is my hourly fee of $250.
Being very empathic and people oriented I like to package my services - my time - in ways that create a win-win for both my clients and myself. If I can count on a regular monthly retainer that's good for my financial stability ... I reward that agreement by equalizing every month regardless of the number sessions in it. If my client is willing to pay for a period time or a complete package of sessions or a long-term group in advance, I reward that trust and personal investment with a nice discount because it also saves me time, energy and money in bookkeeping!
I also reserve the right to do pro-bono work whenever possible, to take on low fee clients I know will benefit greatly from the work I can do with them ... and in order to do so I must expect those that can afford well priced services, to pay for them fully.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am always studying Spiritual Enlightenment, Social Consciousness, Cultural movements, Coaching and Counseling methodologies.
I go to workshops, seminars, classes, groups and conferences as much as time permits.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
All my life people had said: "you should be a therapist", "you should be a counselor", etc. In may ways I did that, but was never interested in institutional education, higher degrees or Psychology. Instead I worked in natural health care education, career counseling, cosmetic/hair/beauty pageant consulting and other such people oriented work.
My choice to become a professional Counselor was a late life decision based on default opportunity. Because of a series of circumstances I found myself back in college at 50 years old. At that age, with no material assets I realized I would be working for the rest of my life, so I needed to find something that age would not hinder and aging would not end. I figured I could sit and talk with people until about 10 minutes before dead! I have always loved my relationships with people, my time and sharing with people more than any other activity, so this felt natural and like it made good use of my personal style and preferences. The second week of my MFT program I fell in love and knew I had finally found myself - my calling!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most often my clients are women dealing with Personal Growth Transitions such as divorce, depression, adult children, career re-entry. In these challenging times they often feel "stuck", "lost", "confused" and "don't know what to do next" or "don't trust my decisions".
I help them find their center and strength by putting the negative self judgements they hold into a larger context and more realistic perspective.
I empower them by teaching them skills for stopping the negative self talk, reality checking their fears, validating their strengths and giving them tools to raise their Self Esteem.
I guide them inward to their own voice of Truth and Wisdom - which is stabilizing and strengthening - with Life Visioning, Meditation instruction, Love Letters and assignments that clarify their connection to Life and to their unique Spiritual Beliefs.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Call for a Free Consultation. The only way to know if a coach is right for you is to make a connection. And don't be afraid to ask for support ... if we were meant to be here alone, there wouldn't be so many of us here!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The business of helping people with their lives is odd. There are more people in my field that do not belong in it and should never be allowed to influence others, than there are really good, ethical and sincere professionals. People go into this profession because they are good at bossing people around (wrong!!); because they think they know what's right for everyone (wrong!!); because they need to control things and can't maintain other professions (wrong!!); because they have problems they want to solve of their own (wrong!!); because they are really poor at relationships and use their work as thier social life (Wrong!!); ETC!
We are required to get extensive education and training and then licensing or certification ... yet our work is essentially unregulated. Once the doors are closed and you are alone with your Coach/counselor the entire process is in your combined hands!! There are no text books that talk about YOU. There is no supervisor that has the answers about YOU. What you get from your chosen coach is what they have to give - from their reasons for giving - through their interpretation of all that they have experienced. It's very subjective!!
BE AWARE. Do not give yourself over to that person. Remember that you know what is right for you and if it doesn't feel right - it's not right. If it feels right and works for you - great!! If you cannot question or challenge your Coach/Counselor without being chastised, labeled or avoided ... run away and find someone else!