What to Expect
Although I tailor my work precisely to my individual clients’ challenges, there are certain overall aspects common to almost every one of my engagements. First, we will agree on as precise a goal for our work as possible. Second, I will ask you to give me all of the background relevant to the issue(s) we are addressing. Of course the extent of this background will vary according to the challenge. If you are seeing me for a fairly straightforward issues, such as developing a more effective job search strategy, improving your resume, or interview coaching, the background information I need will be fairly brief and we can dive right in to solutions. If, on the other hand, you are coming to me with more complex problems (e.g. uncertainty as to what career paths to explore, feeling stuck in your job search process, lack of self-confidence) the intake process will be more extensive*.
I am often asked how many sessions work with me will involve. The answer depends first on the complexity of the issue(s) we are handling, and second on the amount of time, energy, and effort you are willing to devote to the process. For the simpler issues two to three sessions usually suffice. For more complex issues, the average number of meetings is six to seven, although this can vary widely.
As to how frequently we should meet, that again depends on both the nature of the issue(s) and your time / resources / motivation (I often assign homework which in some cases might take several weeks to complete). We might meet weekly for a couple of times, then space sessions out. Or in a “crisis" situation (salary negotiation, upcoming interview, negative performance review) we might meet a couple or three times in the course of a week or two if necessary.
What is the cost of my services? The average charge per 50 minute session ranges from $200 to $300, depending on the complexity of the issues, time of day, day of the week, and whether insurance is filed and reimbursement received**. I guarantee to ALL of my clients that if for ANY reason they feel they have not gotten their money’s worth from sessions with me there will be no charge. That’s a situation I have encountered only three times over the past 10+ years working with close to two thousand clients. I am absolutely confident that the investment you make in our work will provide you with results worth many times the outlay.
*If you know you need a new career path but are unable to identify it, I utilize a three stage process. Stage One: Self awareness. What are your strengths, your skills, your likes and dislikes, your values, your life goals? The answers to these questions will enable us to identify the most promising paths to explore. In this stage I will also identify and help you overcome any major obstacles to progress such as low self-confidence, discouragement, or procrastination. Stage Two: Eploration. I will review with you the pluses and minuses of various careers and craft a very specific program to enable you to gain the knowledge of these paths that is essential to making the best career choice. Stage Three: Marketing. Once having identified the most promising career choices, as a marketing expert I will work with you to ensure that your approach and job hunting materials are first rate.
**If the work we do involves a significant emotional component (e.g. addressing anxiety, lack of confidence, confusion, procrastination, distractibility, etc.), and if you have a PPO health insurance plan that covers out-of-network mental health sessions, I will file your claims for you and you will be reimbursed directly by your insurance carrier. Only licensed mental health professionals may do this; career counselors or life coaches can’t.