Frequently Asked Questions

What does a child, parent & family coach do?

Every family has its problems, and the hectic pace of modern life has taken its toll on parenting and other family ties. Family coaching helps all family members work towards creating a happier and more fulfilling life.

If you are dealing with issues such as: parenting challenges, oppositional/defiant children, lack of family structure & routines, sibling challenges, anger management, poor communication, child/children of divorce, blended families and more, coaching may be just what you need for yourself and your family to get back on the right track.

Coaching offers you the tools, strategies and resources to handle just about any situation in the family dynamic. A coach trains to help individuals and families reach their full potential or assist with navigating difficult situations. This approach is done in a very accepting, non-judgmental way.


What is the difference between coaching –vs- therapy/counseling?

Therapy/counseling emphasizes healing the past and releasing pain, while coaching deals with the here and now. Coaching is strength based and goal oriented. Coaching works on a wellness model while therapy/counseling follows more of a medical model. There may be a slight overlap between the
objectives of counseling and coaching in that they both help to bring about positive changes in an individual’s life.


If you are currently working with a mental health provider such as a psychologist, social worker or psychiatrist, will coaching benefit me?

It depends on the circumstances. However, in many cases, coaching can be a great complement after therapy sessions have ended.


Do you accept insurance?

No, coaching is not considered a therapeutic service and therefore is not insurance reimbursable.


How many sessions does it take to achieve results?

There is definitely value in 1 session but the real benefit is experienced through an ongoing relationship aimed at achieving your goals. In most cases, clients get results within 4-6 weeks as long as they remain coachable and follow the action plan that has been put in place.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating conscious awareness of your thoughts, feelings, experiences and environment, without judging the experiences. It is about staying in the present moment without your mind wandering. Mindfulness helps to silence your mind, calm your nerves and examine your inner world.

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Lipson Family Coaching also provides Family Coaching and Parent Coaching