"IMAGINATION IS EVERYTHING. IT IS THE PREVIEW OF LIFE'S COMING ATTRACTIONS."

 

ALBERT EINSTEIN

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Are you a therapist?
Q. What is the difference between coaching and counseling?
Q. What are your credentials? What training have you had?
Q. What age groups do you work with?
Q. What issues do you work with?
Q. How does it work? What are the sessions like?
Q. What is the length of a private session?
Q. How many sessions will I need?
Q. What are your fees?
Q. How does it work to do a session with you by telephone?
Q. What is NLP?
Q. How was NLP developed?
Q. What is TPM?
Q. How was TPM developed?


 

Q. Are you a therapist?

A. I am a Personal Life Coach.  I am not a Montana licensed mental health practitioner, and I do not provide psychotherapy or any other form of mental health service which would require a state license. I provide individualized teaching and coaching designed to help people learn how to commit to and achieve their performance goals and remove any barriers to success. My approach is supportive, compassionate and results-oriented.

 

Q. What is the difference between coaching and counseling?

A. NLP and TPM focus on the “how,” while traditional counseling and therapy focus on the “why.” NLP and TPM aim to change how the brain codes experience, while the traditional counseling approach often involves re-living, dissecting, and understanding trauma from the past.
NLP and TPM don’t concentrate on the diagnosis, treatment and assessment of mental disorders and behavioral dysfunction. Instead, they operate on the presupposition that people already have within them all the resources that they need and that if one person can learn to do something, you can learn to do it too. NLP presumes that each of us is the expert on ourselves with the inner wisdom to solve our problems. Coaching provides an inquiry process which leads the client to clarity and the ability to utilize their own resources and insights to create solutions and desired outcomes.

 

Q. What are your credentials? What training have you had?

A. I received my advanced NLP and Hypnotherapy training from the NLP Institute of California in 

San Francisco, CA:

Certified NLP Master Practitioner 

Certified NLP Health Practitioner 

ICF Certified Coach 

Certified in NLP Hypnotherapy 

I am one of the few students of Robert Fletcher, developer of Thought Pattern Management and have completed his advanced level courses:

Certified TPM Master Practitioner  

Certified TPM Advanced Master Practitioner

I am trained to do energetic healing by Healing in America, a branch of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers, based in England:

NFSH Certified Full Healer  

I am a coach for:

 The Symbols Way taught at the Ashland Institute 

 

Q. What age groups do you work with?

A. I am experienced in working with adults and young adults of all ages. I’ve worked with young college graduates at the beginning of creating a life path or career and have worked with young adults on issues related to making healthy lifestyle choices, fitness, dating, family, relationships, relationship endings, shyness and socializing. NLP has wonderful tools for building confidence, achieving goals, creating success, and realizing a fully happy and healthy life.

 

Q. What issues do you work with?

A. Difficult childhood experiences influence how we feel about ourselves and how we succeed in all areas of our lives. There are highly successful processes for resolving childhood conditioning which has affected our levels of confidence, self-esteem, relationship-building skills, career success and general emotional state. NLP helps clients rebuild a new reality that is based on feeling loved, accepted, worthwhile, secure, confident, relaxed, and positive.

Go to Why Coaching to learn more about the specific issues which I’ve helped people transform, and to read inspiring testimonials from my clients. 

 

Q. How does it work? What are the sessions like?

A. Depending upon your needs we can work on a specific issue or you can commit to on-going coaching to help you achieve your goals.

  •  Specific Issues

Some specific issues can be resolved in one or two sessions. Other issues or desired outcomes will take 4 to 6 sessions. Depending upon the needs of the client, the first session is usually a thorough information gathering session. I identify how your inner world is organized around the issue that you want to resolve. In that first session, we will clearly identify your goal(s) and create a plan to use NLP and other tools most effectively to achieve your goals. I look for the obstacles, beliefs, inner conflicts or anything that is limiting or stopping you from manifesting your desired outcome.

In each session we will work towards your stated goals. If you aren’t clear on what you want, I will help you get the clarity you need to discover the outcomes you desire and the goals you want to achieve to realize your dreams. Your goals can be general or specific, but we have to know where you want to go in order to get there.

  • Coaching:

Some clients want to invest in an ongoing coaching program where they commit to a minimum of 3 months of coaching. The first session is in-person where we clarify the outcomes you want and design a program that will help you stay focused on achieving your goals. We arrange a schedule of weekly, biweekly or monthly sessions either in person or on the phone to work on removing the obstacles and moving forward toward the goal.

 

Q. What is the length of a private session?

A. In-person sessions are usually two hours so that we will have plenty of time to talk about your issues as well as work directly on them using NLP and TPM processes. Depending upon the needs of the client, longer sessions are possible to resolve an issue more quickly.

 

Q. How many sessions will I need?

A. I usually recommend that new clients plan to work with me a minimum of four times. If you are working on simple and straightforward goal such as overcoming a phobia or allergy, you will probably achieve that goal within one or two sessions. If you are working on something more complex, four sessions will give you an appreciation for the value of continuing with such a quick, direct and powerful tool. NLP has a reputation for working very quickly on many issues, even deep and complex isubjects. If you have a specific number of sessions that you wish to work within, I can tailor our work to accommodate that.

 

Q. What are your fees?

A. I charge $100/hour. I also offer my fees on a sliding scale to make my work accessible to as many people as possible. I prefer to discuss my fee with you directly to find a financial arrangement that is compatible for you. My rates are intended to be competitive with other professionals as well as reasonable for a wide range of clients.  Payment plans are also available.

 

Q. How does it work to do a session with you by telephone?

A. After you have made an appointment with me, I will give you the telephone number to call for your session and ask that you call me at that number at the appointed time.

 

Q. What is NLP?

A. Imagine your brain as a computer system which creates ongoing programs that allow you to function in the world. Your brilliant brain continuously develops these programs as you live, as you make meaning out of your life experiences and as you grow into the unique person that you are ̶ with your individual perspective, beliefs and personality.
NLP is the study of how this human computer system works and how these programs can be changed to create the outcomes you want in life. The founders of NLP discovered how our memories, emotions, responses and patterns were stored in the brain and then developed processes to change these patterns so that we would be empowered by the way we think. They developed step-by step processes to transform the programs that limit us and create new ways of storing our memories and thoughts, allowing us to achieve our fullest potential. NLP is very goal-oriented and has a reputation for working quickly on most issues, creating effective long-lasting change.

 

Q. How was NLP developed?

A. NLP was created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder who met at the University of California at Santa Cruz in the early 1970s.  Bandler, a student of mathematics, and Grinder, a linguist, had studied Gestalt Therapy with its founder, Fritz Perls.  They became friends as a result of their fascination with Gestalt and subsequently studied the work of two other great therapists, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson.
Virginia Satir was the primary developer of Family Therapy.  She developed Family Systems Theory and was famous for her exceptional effectiveness as a therapist.  Part of the NLP philosophy includes the Presuppositions of NLP, a set of beliefs held to be true in every circumstance.  The first presupposition of NLP is that "Behind every behavior is a positive intention."  This was the cornerstone for Virginia Satir's work with clients.  Bandler and Grinder observed Satir's work in minute detail and identified the steps she followed to create her extraordinary results. From what they learned, they developed some of the first NLP processes.
Bandler and Grinder then studied the work of Milton Erickson, the father of modern hypnotherapy.  Milton Erickson was a medical doctor as well as a hypnotherapist and much of his work focused on people with severe physical and mental illnesses and disabilities.  Bandler and Grinder watched hours and hours of video tapes of Dr. Erickson working with clients to determine the exact steps used to create his successes.
Bandler and Grinder observed the dynamics of language patterns, the structure of belief and identity, as well as the way the brain stores information.  Experimenting with various procedures, they discovered that these processes were effective in helping people make desired changes, with surprising and sometimes instant results.  NLP became known as a new field of personal growth that offered people the possibility of working through difficult problems in a short amount of time.
The field of NLP has created a global community of people who hold the intent of promoting health and well-being for individuals, groups and organizations. The NLP Institute of CA is one of the many respectable NLP training programs where I received much of my training.

 

Q. What is TPM?

B. Thought Pattern Management (TPM) offers powerful techniques for creating change at the unconscious level of the mind, the level that runs the body, stores memories, and produces mental and emotional states. TPM works with the natural processes of the mind to teach the mind-body to resolve deeply-seated issues quickly and often permanently. Practitioners often use TPM to help people with mental, emotional and physical trauma

 

Q. How was TPM developed?

A. TPM was developed by Robert Fletcher who was an educator and administrator for the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind. In 1968 he began instructing for Evelyn Wood in the evenings as a speed reading instructor. He was amazed at the power of the mind as he taught people to read at speeds of 10 to 100 times greater than their previous reading speeds with improved comprehension.
Robert began to research other possibilities to achieve excellence for his students and for family members who suffered from depression and eventually became a medical hypnotherapist and a master NLP practitioner. Fascinated by the effective results of NLP, Robert worked with to develop innovative and powerful methods for helping children with learning disabilities. His initial program was called Educating the Mind and eventually developed into the field of Thought Pattern Management TM.

 

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