1. Why would I want to have a coach?
Care-giving is the most difficult job I have ever attempted; I know first-hand the pain and frustration involved. You, we, are dealing with a most difficult situation and I have ideas to share with you. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to who really understands. I can be that person.
2. So, what is coaching all about?
Coaching is a partnership between you and me that focuses on creating solutions for managing your emotions and the needs of the person you care for, and discovering options which work for your situation. We are not talking about therapy, though.
3. What is your area of expertise to coach?
• I have a PhD in Psychology and years of counseling and coaching experience.
• I have handled caregiver responsibilities for the past 3 ½ years.
4.. Are you a competent professional? What Others Have Said.
In the past 20 years, I supervised and coached over 100 interns and clients. This is what two satisfied interns had to say:'
a. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who began pre-licensure supervision with Janice Walton. Prior to finding Janice I interviewed many supervisors to find strength in multiple areas of therapy. Janice is amazing! She was open to any situation, any scenario, and any problem! She was comfortable discussing absolutely anything! She’d offer ideas and suggestions that were outside the box, while not neglecting the easy solutions. She took the time to get to know me, as a therapist and person, which allowed her to encourage my growth, both personal and as a therapist. She offers a unique combination of experience, idea’s, (sic) and resources. She has been so helpful that post-license I continue to utilize her strengths and knowledge as a mentor and a coach. On a five-star rating system, she comes in at a 7! ~ Cheri Rohlman LMFT, CHT
b. “After my graduation, I started my 1st job as Marriage Family Therapist. Since my work is overseas, we do supervision through Skype. Our sessions are one hour in duration. At first, I wasn’t sure how supervision would work, but after the initial few minutes, I was put to ease as I was having my supervision as if you were present with me in the room. We don’t mention client names to protect confidentiality, we discuss each case in detail, the sound and visual is clear, and at the end of each session we agree on the next supervision date and time. As such, I wholeheartedly recommend supervision through Skype for anyone seeking such service, and with sincere appreciation and respect recommend Dr. Walton as supervisor.” – Najib Abbas
5. I take care of my 5-year-old son who has congenital heart failure, do you have expertise in that area?
I am not a physician or a lawyer, but the feelings you experience and the needs you manage are similar whether you care for a child, spouse, parent, grandparent, or friend.
6. Where does Coaching take place?
Coaching can take place through email, or by phone, Skype, or FaceTime. We can use one or more of these methods – whatever works best. Each method has pros and cons; all are possible.
7. I have not done online coaching previously. Will you work with me?
I am willing to work with anyone who wants to focus on what can be done. However, if you feel suicidal then you should IMMEDIATELY contact a hotline, such as the National Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-8255.
8. Do you provide referrals?
Yes. When requested.
9. What computer software would I need?
It depends on your choice of medium. For instance, you may need to install Skype.
10. Can you help me with software installation?
No. However, software, such as Skype is easy to download and most software includes easy explanations as to how to install it.