FAQs

Do you take insurance?

Unfortunately, coaching is not covered by insurance. Coaching is undoubtedly a financial investment, but knowing that your Millennial is in the hands of a trustworthy, caring, dedicated professional is priceless.

 

What is the best way to bring up coaching with my Millennial?

Parents are often nervous about how their Millennial will react to the idea of coaching. Some are excited at the prospect, others are totally shut down and resistant. I’ve had great success with both, so fear not if your Millennial is the latter. You know your Millennial’s personality best, so depending on his/her attitude, here are a few ideas for getting him/her on board:

  1. Present coaching as a gift: “I wanted to give you something really special for your birthday/Christmas/graduation etc.”
  2. Use your own adolescent experience: “When I was your age my parents were the last people I wanted to talk to. I remember wishing I had someone in my life who really understood me; someone who I felt comfortable talking to about the “tough stuff”. I didn’t have that opportunity but I want to make sure you do!”
  3. Show your Millennial my website. A lot of Millennials assume I’m an old fart in a cardigan and librarian glasses who won’t understand what they’re going through. When they see my face and get a feel for my style, they understand that I am young enough to relate, but old enough to share some hard-won wisdom.
  4. Talk me up! Be enthusiastic and keep it light: “I heard about this really cool girl, she works with Millennials all over the country. She doesn’t diagnose you or prescribe any medication- she just supports you in living a happier, more fulfilling life!”
  5. Choose your timing wisely: If your Millennial is stressed out about an upcoming exam or crying over a breakup, he/she probably isn’t in a place to receive information about coaching. Choose a time when he/she is relaxed, open and calm.

 

What are some popular coaching topics?

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Friendship, Mean Girls and Bullying
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Dating, Sex and Intimate Relationships
  • Stress Management
  • Family Conflict
  • Body Image
  • Leadership
  • Future Direction and Goal Setting
  • Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • College Readiness

 

Can I work with you if I don’t live in LA?

You most certainly can! I see all clients by Skype and I work with Millennials all over the country and even abroad. I often field concerns about the effectiveness of Skype sessions so let me say this up front: I have had more breakthroughs on Skype than in person! Why? Because Millennials live on the computer these days. They are almost more comfortable in front of a screen than sitting face to face. The screen actually acts as an emotional buffer, creating a space where they can truly let their guard down. From New Jersey to New Orleans, from Prague to Peru, I have had huge success working with Millennials via Skype.

 

What is the difference between therapy and coaching?

Excellent question! In my experience, good coaching and good therapy often overlap. There is not a hard and fast line in the sand, but there are some important distinctions between the two. Traditionally, therapy is based on a disease model and focuses on healing what is broken. Coaching stems from a strengths based model and focuses on identifying and cultivating signature strengths. I love therapy, and believe wholeheartedly in its value. That said, I do find that one common trap of therapy is staying stuck by endlessly talking about “your stuff”. Coaching encourages clients to speak their truth, but ultimately shifts clients out of dangerous wallowing by setting goals and developing specific action plans for achieving those goals. The coach holds the client accountable and supports them in bridging the gap between where they are now, and where they truly want to be. For a more detailed breakdown, click here.

Resources

Millennials Decoded Communicate To Be Heard Kiss Fears & Insecurities Goodbye
Help Parenting Teenage Girls Los Angeles

What Is A Millennial Life Coach?

Happy clients with happy words

Jennifer M. Parent 8th grade girl
"My daughter came back from the group coaching session with Jess practically buzzing with enthusiasm and engagement. She thought that it was the most amazing session ever. It seems like Jess really connected with the kids, got them talking both to her and each other -- and in short, my daughter (and from what she tells me, several of her friends) thought it was really amazing."

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