Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
I'm very successful and I feel good, but I know there is something going on? Can you still work with me even though I don't know what's wrong?
Absolutely. Especially with Somatic Experiencing, there is no need to tell a story of what happened or even know whether something happened to you. You may feel something is wrong, when it isn’t – and we’ll get to the bottom of that. Or you may have experienced something that was highly stressful in your life. Either way, Somatic Experiencing can help you feel better.
Are you a therapist?
I am not a therapist. I have been coaching for more than 20 years and have studied many healing modalities.
I'm already a nice person. What does it mean to be kind, aren't these the same thing?
Although the words nice and kind can be used interchangeably, when I speak about being nice versus being kind, I am speaking of 2 specific things. The best way for me to answer your question is for you to subscribe to my free workshop, Causing Kindness, where I speak about the differences between being nice and being kind.
How do I know when I'm better/ kinder?
By how you feel. If you feel authentically better, you will be better and you might be kinder, too!
How long does it take for me to feel the results of your work? How many sessions do I need with you?
The answer to this question varies for each individual. Many people I work with feel better after the first session. But, how you feel or how long it takes will depend on what you are working to heal or to improve in your own life.
Are there ways I can practice at home if in person meetings do not work for me? i.e. a workbook, audio guide, etc...
Where can I get more information about your Somatic Coaching and your other work?
I do not live in California. How can I get an appointment with you despite the distance?
I work with clients who do not live in Los Angeles using a video conferencing application like Skype or FaceTime.
What other services do you provide that can give me the healing effects of a coaching session with you?
Please check out my YouTube channel by clicking here. You’ll find many videos I’ve created there that you may find helpful.
I do not have children. Is Somatic Experiencing for me?
Somatic Experiencing is helpful for people of all ages. I highly recommend it for anyone who has dealt with a lot of stress in their life or has been traumatized in any way.
Can you decide to NOT work with me?
Yes. I offer a complimentary conversation with people before they hire me. I do this for both the client and myself. If I feel we are not a good fit, I will do my best to refer you to another coach or Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.
What if I realize that Somatic Coaching isn't for me? Is there a refund policy?
As noted above, I offer a complimentary session to ascertain whether coaching together is a good fit. These sessions are 30 minutes or less and often include coaching. For this reason, purchased sessions are non-refundable. If you decide to work with me, you can purchase one session or packages of 4 sessions, all to be used within 3 months of purchase.
Are there kinds of people that you feel Somatic Coaching does NOT work for?
Somatic Life Coaching works for people who are ready to make a change in their life. People who are ready to make a change are usually ready to do the work needed to facilitate that change. Life Coaching is not magic. You actually have to take on the tools I share and try them out in your life. If you’re not willing to do this, Somatic Coaching may not be for you.
What if I'm not ready for coaching? Are there other ways we can work together?
Check out my Shop for books and classes that you can work through on your own.
Thought Monster FAQ’s
My child draws a lot of thought monsters. Can I send them to you for your feedback or advice?
If drawing Thought Monsters is not scary for your child, great! If drawing Thought Monsters is scary for your child, I highly recommend you schedule a session to talk with me about whether coaching or some other therapy might be a good idea.
Products, Books, and App FAQ’s
What is a Kind Card?
Kind Cards are a set of small cards with steps for helping yourself feel better anytime. The cards are based on my personal experience as a Somatic Life Coach and the work of Dr Kristin Neff. Get your set of Kind Cards here.
I would like to sell your book. How can I do that?
Please reach out to me via email to discuss this option. Contact me here.
I would like to distribute your material in my school, how do I do that?
I’m currently working on my curriculum for schools. Please email me with your interest in this and I will add you to my list to contact when it’s ready.
What devices are your Tame Your Thought Monster apps compatible with?
The Tame Your Thought Monster app works on Apple iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad.