Approaches Coaching FAQ
How long are the sessions? Initially, sessions
are an hour and a half long. If we get to the place where
they are serving more of a check-in function, they can be
half an hour.
How often do the sessions occur? Just as I
customize each session to the client I am working with, I
also customize the spacing of sessions. Some clients, once
they get started, are so excited and energized by what's
happening, that they want to have sessions only a week or
two apart. Others need time to ponder and/or to follow
through on what has come up in a particular session, and
so prefer longer breaks between sessions. Working with me,
you do not have to commit to any rigid pattern.
How many sessions do I have to have? There is
no prescribed number. Sometimes one session will be enough
to work through a tough decision or look at a situation in
a new manner. More complex life design issues take longer.
Again, there is no need to commit to any set number of
Are sessions by phone or in person? I work
effectively either way. I have worked with people all over
the country by phone and with people closer to central
Massachusetts in person. Occasionally, if it happens to
fit, a person from several hours away will choose to
travel for the first session, and then continue by phone.
How much do the sessions cost? I have a sliding
scale of $90 to $195, for the full hour and a half, not
per hour, and I accept payment plans. As to the sliding
scale, there are no forms to fill out, and I ask no
questions. I trust that people will put themselves where
their financial situation warrants, and in my years and
years of doing this, I have yet to be disappointed in this
What form does payment take? If you are seeing
me in person, I accept personal checks or cash, to be paid
at the end of each session unless a payment plan has been
previously arranged. If we are working by phone, then I
ask that checks be received by mail prior to the session,
again unless a payment plan has been previously arranged.
am presently seeing a therapist. Will there be any
conflict between that work and the coaching?
you accept any form of medical insurance? No, I
am not a therapist or doctor, so I do not qualify for
insurance coverage. (For more on the background I do have,
you can click on
Margaret Lobenstine, M.A. in the navigation bar
What do I need to "bring" to the first session?
When we set up your appointment, we can see if there is
anything particular that would be helpful. Frequently,
however, I encourage clients to just stop chewing on the
problem, if possible, now that the date for the first
appointment has been set. Often they are pleasantly
surprised by ideas their right brain comes up with while
their left brain is "on vacation".
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