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Am I (or are we) a good candidate for coaching?
Coaching is well suited to people who take responsibility for their lives and outcomes. Dr. Carter works with highly-functioning people who are fully capable of achieving their goals, but simply need guidance.
If you aren’t sure if coaching will help you, ask yourself these questions:
Do you frequently feel over-whelmed, guilty, exhausted–or that you are not doing anything very well?
Do you have very little time for yourself or your relationship?
Do you wish that you could be happier, but feel like greater happiness is out of reach?
Do you find yourself frequently yelling, impatient, or in a hurry?
Do you have a specific, recurring problem or “pain point” in your schedule or life that you need help finding solutions for?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are probably a good candidate for coaching.
Coaching is not recommended for treatment of a disorder or major dysfunction: Dr. Carter does NOT treat clinical disorders such as anxiety, depression, addiction and phobias.
How is coaching different from therapy or counseling?
Dr. Carter’s coaching is action-oriented. You will focus on your current life. In contrast, therapy is often useful for exploring and healing past wounds. Dr. Carter helps her clients shift problems into goals and action plans. As such, her discussions with clients tend to be focused much more on changing behaviors than they would in therapy.
How much of my time will coaching take?
For coaching to be effective, you’ll need to schedule time for a 50-minute appointment each week for six weeks, as well as another 5 to 20 minutes daily to execute your action-plan.
What does coaching with Dr. Carter cost?
Coaching with Dr. Carter is usually more expensive in the short-run but far less expensive annually than therapy. Dr. Carter typically schedules clients into a six week program, which costs between $1200 – $1950 and includes access to all of her online video trainings and a copy of Raising Happiness.
How long does it usually take to get off of the waiting list?
The wait list has been as short as three weeks and as long as 18 months in the past. Dr. Carter will give you an idea of when she can take you during your consultation. She may also be able to recommend another coach who can work with you sooner if the wait list is too long for you.
Where does coaching with Dr. Carter take place?
Usually, on the phone or by video conference. Dr. Carter has clients from all over the U.S., and occasionally internationally. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, you are also welcome to meet with her in person at her Berkeley or Oakland office.