What’s the difference between coaching and counselling?
Counselling is sometimes described as looking back, while coaching is about looking forward. Counselling is often about working with our stuff in order to understand and resolve what is going on for us … often related to past experiences in our lives. Coaching is about exploring and then setting clear intention and purpose about the future (as well as the implementation). It can often be hard to separate counselling and coaching as sometimes the reasons we are finding it hard to move forward relate to our past, and working to understand and resolve what is holding us back can be a powerful way to support us in achieving our goals. Menstuff has the ability to bring coaching and/or counselling into the sessions depending on the clients desires and needs … and often a blend of both will become part of the work together. This is part of the unique service that Menstuff has to offer you.
How much does it cost?
Individual Sessions cost $130 per hour
Couples Sessions cost $160 per hour
Fees are payable in cash at the time of the face-to-face appointment, otherwise in advance by direct bank transfer (within Australia) or Paypal. Paypal payments incur an additional $5 charge. Please ask for details.
Can Counselling or Coaching sessions be held on the phone or on Skype?
Yes. I have worked extensively with clients over the phone and also on Skype. Where possible I prefer to have the first session on a face-to-face basis. However, with clients who are located further away, interstate or overseas, phone and Skype sessions can be just as effective.
What happens at the first session?
The first session is a time for you and your coach/counsellor to get to know each other. Usually the coach/counsellor will ask you to talk about why you are there and what you are hoping to achieve from your investment. You will also have an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the process and address any concerns. No question is stupid, and as much time as necessary will be taken to ensure that you get the information you require and start to feel comfortable with your coach/counsellor.
What happens if I feel uncomfortable with something?
Your coach/counsellor is experienced and draws upon a wide range of therapeutic, counselling and coaching techniques. During every session the coach/counsellor will discuss with you any processes or techniques that he feels might be worthwhile. You will always be given the opportunity to ask any questions or discuss any concerns. And then you will always be the one to give the go ahead, or to say ‘no’. If something doesn’t feel right, then you will be encouraged to choose not to go ahead with that particular technique or process.
Sometimes dealing with our ‘stuff’ can make us feel uncomfortable and there are times when that feeling of being uncomfortable can help propel the process forward. In times like these your coach/counsellor will be happy to discuss this with you and agree on how to proceed.
What about confidentiality and privacy?
Every aspect of our work together is held in the strictest confidence and will not be revealed to any third party without your express permission. The only exceptions to this relate to instances where you make it clear that you intend to harm yourself or another person, where there is a legal obligation to refer the information to the appropriate organization.
In addition your privacy is respected and your information will be kept private.
How often do I need to see my coach/counsellor?
Exploring Menstuff is an important and often subtle process. To get as much benefit as possible, most clients agree that a weekly session is the way to go. Some clients prefer more than one session per week, while others prefer less.
How long is each session?
Each session is usually 1 hour. Some clients may, at times, choose to have a longer session.
What happens if I can’t make my session?
Please let us know as soon as possible if you are not able to make your session. As it’s usually not possible to fill a session cancellation with short notice, cancellations with less than one full business day’s notice incur a cancellation fee equivalent to the full cost of the session.
What happens if I am late for my session?
If you are late, the session will start as soon as you’re available, and will be shortened to fit into the alloted time slot. This helps to ensure that other clients are not affected.