FAQs About Psychotherapy & LIFE COACHING

iStock000013649790MediumWhy do people seek therapy or life coaching?

What is the difference between psychotherapy and life coaching?

What can I expect in a therapy or life coaching session?

What benefits can I expect from working with Frank Baird, LMFT, LPCC?

What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy or life coaching?

What if I want someone else to pursue therapy to get better?

Is therapy and life coaching confidential?

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

Loss of confidentiality
Loss of control of your therapy
Effects of a psychiatric diagnosis

 

Why do people seek therapy or life coaching?

People seek therapy or life coaching for many reasons. Therapy or life coaching can be used to manage or overcome problems, or to increase specific skills or enjoyment in life. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help. Therapy and life coaching can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks. People seeking therapy and life coaching are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create better lives for themselves.

What is the difference between psychotherapy and life coaching?

The distinctions between psychotherapy and life coaching seem to be less important to clients than they are to professionals. The similarities and differences are described in greater detail on a separate page here.

What can I expect in a therapy or life coaching session?

During sessions you are invited to talk about the interests or concerns in your life or relationships. A session lasts 50 minutes, but some people request longer sessions. You come to therapy or life coaching as often as you would like, based on your interests, your schedule and my schedule. Finances often influence how often someone attends therapy or life coaching. If you are hoping for third party payment, insurance companies often limit the number of sessions they'll cover and will only pay for psychotherapy that is accompanied by a diagnosis of psychopatholgy. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress want more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed and be willing to experiment with new ideas and practices.

What benefits can I expect from working with Frank Baird, LMFT, LPCC?

There are many potential benefits from working with Frank Baird, LMFT, LPCC. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands and appreciates you and your experiences and interests in life. I can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find conversations with me to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and daily life. The benefits you obtain from our work together depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the potential benefits from our work together may include:

What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy or life coaching?

You do not have to know what you want to be different in your life or relationships before therapy or life coaching can begin. Discovering and developing goals is part of the process of therapy and life coaching. Sometimes it is helpful to develop specific goals, sometimes it is helpful to have broad goals, and sometimes it is helpful to remain open to discover or rediscover what's important to you before developing specific goals. I am trained to facilitate conversations that can help you access or develop direction in your life, in your therapy or life coaching, and increase the meaningful possibilities available to you.

What if I want someone else to pursue therapy to get better?

Therapy works best when you are making efforts to change you. You may do this alone or in collaboration with someone (partner, children, parents, siblings, etc.). It is important to understand who is willing to participate in your efforts. Here are strategies for relating to your own or someone else's relationship to change.

It is especially important to understand Stages of Change when you are trying to encourage, invite, cajole, threaten or force someone else to change. Finding or developing shared interests and goals can make the endeavor worth while, otherwise you'll be trying to work with an unwilling partner(s) with a lot of resulting frustration, disappointment and anger.

Is therapy and life coaching confidential?

Confidentiality in therapy is protected by professional ethics and state law. While confidentiality in life coaching is not specifically protected by law, it is protected by professional ethics. I treat both therapy and life coaching confidentiality the same.

In general, all communications between you and me is confidential.. Information is not disclosed without your written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

There is a confusing array of insurance arrangements. The first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

Third party payment for therapy can be financially beneficial, however, third party payments can reduce your ability to determine the direction of your therapy. Please consider the following:

Loss of confidentiality

If you ask a third party to pay for all or part of your therapy, they will have an interest in and a right to information about your work in therapy.

Loss of control of your therapy

If you ask a third party to pay for all or part of your therapy, they will have an interest in and a right to determine the direction and duration of your therapy.

Effects of psychiatric diagnosis

If you ask a third party to pay for all or part of your therapy, they will require a medical-model psychiatric diagnosis for treatment. This diagnosis is for a “mental illness.” While most people’s problems are not the result of or evidence of mental illness, in the medical model and realm of health insurance, you must be “ill” to receive a diagnosis and treatment.

 

 

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Frank Baird offers mindfulness and meditation training, psychotherapy and life coaching for individual adults & teens, couples, families, groups, and organizations. He practices in Westlake Village, CA and serves surrounding areas including Agoura, Calabassas, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and the Canejo Valley. Frank Baird is a UCLA MARC Certified Mindfulness Facilitator.

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