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Your First Free Coaching Session: What to Expect
Deciding to reach out and take the plunge into Love, Life, Career, or Dating Coaching can be a big decision. On the one hand making that first appointment can feel exhilarating. You may think, “Now, finally, things will be different — because I’m doing something different, and I’m going to have support.” Many people feel great peace and hope after making the appointment for their consultation.
However doing something new is always a little nerve-wracking. And getting involved with any personal growth work can feel mysterious, and unless you’ve done it before you may not know what to expect.
Here’s what you can expect when you see a Growing Self Life Coach, Career Coach, Relationship Coach or Dating Coach:
Initial Follow Up
If you schedule a free consultation meeting, our office will follow up with you and send you preliminary paperwork to fill out in advance of our meeting. This can be filled out electronically — no printing and faxing. This way we’ll have more time to talk with you and get to know you during our session (as opposed to completing paperwork).
After you make your appointment, your coach will also reach out to say hello, and confirm the first appointment. If you are meeting in person he or she will also give you instructions on how to find our Cherry Creek or Westminster office, and how to find them at the time of your appointment (particularly if your meeting is scheduled for evening or weekend hours and the receptionist is not there to greet you).
If your first coaching session session is scheduled through online your coach when your coach reaches out to confirm the first meeting, they’ll also ask for your preferred video conferencing platform and your contact information. Then they will call you at the time of your appointment.
Because the coaches on our team are also trained as therapists, we are required to maintain all the same ethical standards as therapists. During your first consultation meeting, we will go over the guidelines and you will learn about your confidentiality, the limits of confidentiality, the boundaries of our relationship, and your rights as a client. We will provide you with detailed information about our training and experience and give you the opportunity to ask questions. We will go over our scheduling and financial policies with you.
Your Hopes & Our Recommendations
When our required disclosures are complete we will open the conversation to your present concerns. You can talk about your situation, and your hopes for coaching. We will likely ask you questions so as to ensure we have a good understanding of your situation.
By the end of your consultation meeting (about 30 minutes) we will either be able to accept you as a client and describe for you what coaching will look like for you, or we will provide you with direction about how to find a more appropriate provider.
If you decide move forward with coaching you can schedule your next meeting directly with your coach. You will most likely be meeting with your coach weekly (at first) for 45 minute sessions. Your sessions will start with a brief “check in” period, followed by a collaborative discussion about what to focus on in the day’s meeting.
It’s very helpful for you to take notes during your session so that you have a reminder of the things you talked about and what you’re working on in between sessions. Coaching is very active, and you will be receiving homework assignments to do between every session.
At the start of every session we will discuss your last homework assignment, and your progress. Then we’ll decide what we should work on that will be most helpful in furthering your growth, and we will plan your next assignment. At the end of the session we will check in with you about the most meaningful or helpful (of unhelpful) parts of that day’s conversation so that we can make sure that your sessions together are as valuable to you as possible.
Our office will follow up with you regarding payment. Generally our clients provide us with a credit or debit card number that we charge after your scheduled sessions. We also accept payments from Flexible Healthcare Savings Account Cards. If you prefer to pay by cash or check, our office will assist you.
If your coaching is reimbursable, we will submit claims to your insurance company for reimbursement for your sessions
How it Ends
When you find yourself talking extensively about the positive progress and successful changes that you have made in your life, your time with us will likely come to an end. Your cosh will review and celebrate your gains with you, and your regular sessions will no longer be needed. You can cut back to quarterly or semi-annual meetings to make sure that you maintain your hard-won gains for the long haul.
Dr. Bobby is the host of the Love, Happiness and Success Podcast, and the author of “Exaholics: Breaking Your Addiction to Your Ex Love.”
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