FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who needs a parenting coach?
When is the best time to seek out the services of a parenting coach?
Is coaching the same as counseling?
How do the sessions work?
Where do we meet?
Do you coach couples or individuals?
Are our sessions confidential?
What should I do if I have more questions?

 

Who needs a parenting coach?

I think that most people benefit from a coach to provide an objective and reflective ear. In fact, I wish I had a parenting coach when I was raising my children! We all need an encourager and a sounding board as we navigate through one of the most rewarding (and challenging) undertakings of our lives. As parents, we only get one chance at raising our families. Get all the help you need and be the best mom or dad you possibly can be!

When is the best time to seek out the services of a parenting coach?

Right now, of course! If you are on my website, you are asking for information or assistance. Maybe you are struggling with a specific issue or experiencing a life changing experience; let me help you find clarity in solving your problems.

Is coaching the same as counseling?

Coaching meets you where you are today and propels you forward. Counseling is intended to heal deep wounds and hurts. If you or a loved one have experienced abuse or extreme trauma, please find a licensed therapist in your area. In some instances, coaching and counseling can be provided concurrently.

How do the sessions work?

For comprehensive coaching: Once you reach out, we will arrange a time to talk on the phone, 20 minutes or so. You will share an overview of what is going on in your life and we can establish if we are a good client-coach match. From there, we will set up your first appointment. I ask for a verbal agreement of a three-month minimum to allow you to experience the multitude of benefits from coaching. I will meet with you two more times that first month. Often, clients continue for six months and more. You and I together can discuss what will work for your individual family situation.
For topic specific coaching (sleep, potty-training, feeding), we will have one initial meeting, including a details such as history, goals, barriers and creating a plan. I will then provide you an individualized plan for success, and follow-up with scheduled phone calls and emails. Depending on the package you choose and the support you need, we will collaborate for the next two weeks to a month. You set your goals and I support you in sustaining your plan for successful completion.
I offer both Infant Massage and Happiest Baby on the Block instruction, privately or in a small group setting. Please check my calendar for upcoming small group classes.

 

Where do we meet?

Great question! I offer home visits, office visits, phone or video calls, all depending on what is most convenient for you!
Phone-based coaching is rapidly growing in popularity. This makes things less complicated for you as a busy parent. You can meet with me while your children are napping or at school so you don’t need a babysitter. It also allows us to meet while you are at the office on your lunch hour. It is all what works for you!
For face-to-face sessions and home visits, I serve the west suburbs of Chicago and the Denver/Fort Collins areas. These locations are also where I offer my small group services and classes.

Do you coach couples or individuals?

What do you need to best support your family? Your sessions are individually tailored to maximize your benefit of our time together. Each person’s circumstances are unique.  One or both parents may find coaching beneficial as their son/daughter approaches a new developmental phase, becoming first time parent, or adding new baby to the family.  My purpose as your coach is to assist you in defining your goals and holding you up as you establish new patterns and create sustainable change.

Are our sessions confidential?

Yes. I feel privileged to be invited into your family. I understand that relationships are sometimes, simply put, messy. I completely respect your privacy and will not share anything you share with me with anyone else. In fact, if you feel that communication between myself and another professional, your pediatrician, for example, would be of benefit to you, you will need to authorize this in writing.

What should I do if I have more questions?

Contact me. Please call or email me at any time. I will reply as soon as possible. Whether you have a general question about parent coaching or a specific question about my practice, you will find me very open to sharing my experiences with you.