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Frequently Asked Questions
What is chronic illness coaching?
Chronic illness coaching is a non-clinical approach to navigating life with chronic illness through problem-solving, brainstorming solutions, redirecting, and support. It is not meant to be a replacement for mental health counseling or therapy.
How do I know if coaching is right for me?
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Who can apply for coaching?
Our coaching programs are for chronically ill teens, young adults, parents, siblings, or other close family or friends wanting to work on problem-solving around the effects of chronic illness.
Do you take insurance?
No, unfortunately, insurance plans do not cover coaching at this time. But, thanks to a grant from chronicwarriors.org, we are able to offer our sessions at a low rate.
I have a therapist that I see regularly. Should I still consider doing coaching?
Coaching can be an excellent supplement to clinical counseling. Coaches are also happy to speak with your therapist and work as part of your team.
How many sessions will I need? How often can I work with a coach?
The number of sessions needed will depend on the issues being addressed. However, to be most effective, we typically recommend a minimum of 4 to as many as 12 sessions for Individual/Parent and Family Coaching. As long as you find it beneficial, you may work with a coach as often as you’d like.
How available will a chronic illness coach be?
This depends on the issues to be addressed and how much work you’d like to do. You may either choose from a standard 24-hour response time or a Coach On-Call option. The latter entails appointments which can be scheduled as late as one hour prior to appointments (assuming availability) for brief review work and more urgent appointments.
Do you work with specific illness groups?
At this time, our group coaching sessions are geared toward common issues that arise for teens, young adults, and their families around all types of chronic illness and rare disease. However, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to explore additional options.
How do we “meet”?
All meetings are done via zoom.us (or other live platform) or phone call.
How do I download zoom and can I do it from my mobile device?
You can go to https://zoom.us on your laptop or computer and download the app. You may also use their app on your phone/mobile device. One of the reasons we use Zoom is because it’s super easy and user friendly.
Do you coach non-verbal clients / teens with a trach?
Yes! We’ve coached a number of warriors that need to utilize the chat bar in Zoom. Please reach out to us to discuss special accommodations prior to booking a session.
Do you coach tweens or younger?
We are happy to work with tweens! However, if your child is under 13, we suggest joining a Parent/Teen Group Coaching Session. For Individual Coaching, we can discuss whether coaching is right for your younger teen prior to booking a session.
Will you tell my parent/s what I say in session?
For teens and tweens under the age of 18, parental consent is required. We will keep the information discussed in our sessions confidential. However, we are mandated to report any concerns of self harm or harm to others as is appropriate and required by law.
Do I need to bring anything for coaching sessions?
It’s always a great idea to have pen and paper for note taking. Your coach will also take notes and may email you with follow up information.
Can I meet my coach before I book an appointment?
Yes, you can schedule a 10 min introductory call here.