What is the difference between therapy and coaching, and which is better for me?

Therapy: the guided process by a mental health professional to thoroughly explore thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and history for any number of benefits, including but not limited to improved mental health, increased understanding, acceptance, and compassion for yourself and others, increased connection with others, and accomplishment of life goals. 

Coaching: (life, career, or health) assistance in moving forward and setting personal and professional goals that will give you the life you really want. 

Based on these standard explanations, it's easy to see why there might be confusion as to whether a therapist or a coach would be the better choice for your particular concerns. Overall, therapists work with many of the same concerns life coaches work with. This may include improvement of satisfaction related to career, relationships, and life overall, developing skills, recognizing and achieving dreams/goals and addressing challenges along the way. However, coaches are not legally able to assess, diagnose, or treat individuals who have diagnosable mental health issues (clinical mood disorders, psychosis, PTSD, addiction, etc.). Therapists have significant education, training, and licensure in their field and are qualified to deal with such issues. Many therapists use coaching techniques as a part of their therapy practice as many clients' goals include forward progress in their life. While some coaches also have licenses to practice therapy (such as myself), many do not and while there are certification programs, there is no standardization in the field and none come close to the amount and quality of training that therapists have. However, a specialized coach may be a better option if you would like to address very specific professional, educational, or health goals in which a coach who is also an expert in that field would be more helpful. Generally if you have serious mental health concerns therapy is the better option, whereas if you're generally mentally healthy you may benefit from therapy, coaching, or some combination.

How do I make an initial appointment?

Schedule a free phone consultation here.

How do I schedule or reschedule my appointment?

Contact FUNdaMENTALs by any method listed here. You will receive an automatic email reminder 24 hours prior to your appointment to reduce the risk of missing your appointment. It's still your responsibility to remember your appointment time even without the email reminder. 

What if I have to cancel my appointment?

It's understandable that unplanned issues can come up and you may need to cancel an appointment. If that happens, I respectfully ask for scheduled appointments to be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance. Since sessions are by appointment only when you don’t show up for a scheduled appointment, another client loses an opportunity to be seen. Missed appointments and cancellations (or rescheduling) occurring less than 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment will be charged the full session rate and may not be billed to the insurance company. 

What is your availability?

Currently availability is limited to week days and by appointment only. 

How long do sessions last?

Individual sessions typically last 50 minutes and occur weekly; however, the specifics of this, as well as the duration of treatment can vary depending on your needs, goals, and level of engagement. 

How do I pay and what do you charge?

Fees will be discussed during the initial phone consultation and vary according to service rendered and duration of service. Payments are to be made by the beginning of the session. You may pay for services with cash, credit card, PayPal, or Venmo. I'm not currently in-network with any insurance companies; however, can provide you with a super bill for out-of-network insurance reimbursement. Overall, if you plan on using your insurance be sure to check with your insurance provider to determine what your mental health benefits are. 

What's the first appointment like?

We can meet either in office or outdoors depending upon your preference. Please bring your completed intake packet (signatures must be the same day as first visit) and copy of your insurance card (if applicable) in order to allow the best use of our time. Most first sessions focus on information gathering, building rapport, and creating goals that will help to enhance your life. 

Do you tell anyone what we talk about?

Confidentiality is an extremely important part of therapy. You have the legal right to confidentiality in a therapeutic relationship and it's the therapist's responsibility to protect your information. In most situations, I won't disclose anything discussed in treatment without your written permission; however, there are certain exceptions in which I'm legally required to break confidentiality. Those circumstances include: 

In the event of reasonable suspicion of abuse or neglect of a child, elder, or dependent adult, I'm legally required to file a report with the appropriate state agency. 

In the event of a threat to harm oneself I may be required to seek hospitalization, or to contact family members or others who can provide protection. 

In the event of threat of serious bodily harm to another I'm legally required to take protective actions, which may include notifying the potential victim, notifying the police, or seeking appropriate hospitalization to ensure your safety.

In the event of a court issued subpoena or if a you are being mandated to treatment by a court order I may be legally required to provide information. 

There are certain limitations to confidentiality when conducting sessions in public spaces which will be fully discussed. A full privacy and confidentiality agreement must be read, understood, and signed prior to any treatment. 

Can I call you on my cell phone?

Email, Cell Phone, Computer, and Fax Communication: It's very important to be aware that computers and unencrypted email, texts, and e-fax communication can be relatively easily accessed by unauthorized people and hence can compromise the privacy and confidentiality of such communication. Emails, texts, and e-faxes, in particular, are vulnerable to such unauthorized access due to the fact that servers or communication companies may have unlimited and direct access to all emails, texts, and e-faxes that go through them. While data on FUNdaMENTALs' computers is encrypted, emails and e-fax are not. It's also always a possibility that emails, texts, and e-faxes can be sent erroneously to the wrong address and computers. FUNdaMENTALs' computers are equipped with a firewall, virus protection, and a password, and all confidential information from the computers is backed up on a regular basis onto an encrypted hard-drive. Also, be aware that phone messages are transcribed and sent to FUNdaMENTALs via unencrypted emails. Please notify FUNdaMENTALs if you decide to avoid or limit, in any way, the use of email, texts, cell phone calls, phone messages or e-faxes. If you communicate confidential or private information via unencrypted email, texts, or e-fax or via phone messages, FUNdaMENTALs will assume that you have made an informed decision, will view it as your agreement to take the risk that such communication may be intercepted, and will honor your desire to communicate on such matters. Please do not use texts, emails, voice mail, or faxes for emergencies. 

Outside Session Communication: Aside from scheduling, rescheduling, or canceling appointments, all outside of the session communication will be treated as in session treatment and charged accordingly. This includes emails, telephone calls, and other forms of electronic communication. 

What do I do if I'm experiencing a crisis?

In case of a medical or clinical emergency, including a threat to your safety or the safety of others, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.