I see that you specialize in coaching emerging and advancing mental health professionals. What is the difference between a clinical supervisor and a coach?

Awesome question!

A clinical supervisor maintains liability for your clinical work. He or she addresses specific clinical cases and outcomes and works with the clinician to improve clinical practices and client care. A coach or consultant working with a mental health professional is NOT responsible for the clinician’s caseload. Discussions regarding functionality of services and practice management are general in nature rather than client or situation-specific. Further, it is up to the consultee/client to take responsibility and action to improve his or her practice. You may not count our work together towards licensure or on-going continuing education hours. I highly recommend that all mental health professionals work with a clinical supervisor or engage in a peer consultation group, regardless of coaching status. If you’re interested in having me act as your clinical supervisor, that might be a possibility. You can find more information about my clinical work here. You are also welcome to email me to inquire if I am currently accepting additional supervisees into my practice.

 Who do you work with?

I work with motivated mental health professionals (or those whom are about to become mental health professionals) who are looking to increase their clarity, productivity, and success in their professional lives.  More often than not, my clients are those who would be deemed by many people as ‘successful’, but they’re feeling stuck, uninspired, or burned-out with their current circumstances. My typical client seeks more balance, more joy, and additional freedom in his or her professional endeavors.

Given my extensive clinical experience and status as a counselor educator, many people seek my consultation services/coaching guidance in developing or improving their own private practices.  I love helping emerging and advancing mental health professionals in creating their own businesses that they love ~ but my work certainly is not limited to this specialty.

Who do you NOT work with?people-woman-coffee-meeting-medium

I do not work with chronic complainers, whiners, blamers, or people looking for a ‘quick fix’. Additionally, I reserve the right to refuse to serve those whom would be better-served by another type of professional or who warrant formal mental health treatment outside of the coaching process.

Additionally, I will not coach emerging or advancing mental health practitioners in the development of their private practices if I perceive their clinical perspectives or practices contrary to professional ethical guidelines or if I am concerned that they are otherwise professionally impaired.

What do your clients have in common??

My clients are:

  • Motivated
  • Skilled
  • Ethical
  • Creative in their thinking
  • Problem-solvers
  • Dreamers
  • Optimistic regarding the future
  • Goal-oriented
  • Committed to remaining authentic in their presentation
  • Devoted to their personal values
  • Open to considering new ideas and trying new things
  • Excited at the possibilities before them
  • Ready to invest in themselves and their businesses

What types of people are likely to get the best results from working with you?

People who are truly ready for a change and committed to doing the work to seek that change are likely to gain the best results from coaching with me. Those who are ready to invest in themselves and seek the support to do so will achieve the most notable results.

What can I do to get the most out of our working relationship?

If you’re seeking 1:1 consultation or coaching services from me, you need to show up and remain engaged. Present yourself (including your victories and challenges) in an authentic manner and ask for the help you need. After each of our calls, you should follow-up on the action items we identified during our session in a timely manner so that you may maintain your momentum forward towards your goals. If you feel lost, overwhelmed, or frustrated, please ask for support.haute-chocolate-styled-stock-photography-healthy-lifestyle-2015-44-gallery (1)

If you are taking a course from me, you need to be committed to going through all of the material presented, completing each of the exercises offered, and then taking the time to think about how the material best applies to your unique professional situation. You must also actually implement the concepts/strategies reviewed in the course. Before doing so, please confer with your professional team (lawyer, accountant, etc.) to confirm that the strategies offered align with your jurisdiction’s ethical and legal requirements.

I’m really excited about your course, Elevate Your Practice. When I am done with it, may I expect to have a full practice?elevate-your-practice-2

Thanks for your excitement! While the intention of the course is to provide you with a blueprint to design and launch (or expand) your ideal private mental health practice, my lawyer tells me it is necessary to let you know that I make no guarantees regarding the success of your business. I am unable to promise you a certain client load or income secondary to your completion of the course. What I will tell you, however, is that the course includes a lot of useful information to help you develop a thriving practice and to position yourself as an expert in your area.

What qualifies you to teach me?

As a psychology professor and counselor educator, I maintain a fundamental understanding of human behavior, including motivation, cognitive processes, and performance. I am skilled in assessment and excel at creating effective action plans. As a business owner and clinician, I have been successful in the areas of program development, quality management, strategic planning, resource development, and in creating effective and meaningful community partnerships. In summary, I rock. On a more serious note, I teach graduate counseling courses regularly, including those pertaining to the development of private practice, among other topics.

If we agree to work with each other 1:1, what should I expect during a call with you?

hc-styled-stock-january-2016-silver-31-finalAt the beginning of our coaching relationship, we will identify your specific coaching needs/goals. Each call will begin with you providing an update regarding your life/business in relation to those goals. At that time, I will invite you to share your celebrations and challenges. We will spend the remainder of our time together brainstorming strategies for you to implement between sessions in an effort to further your progress to achieving your goal of expanding your private practice. You may expect me to get excited about your accomplishments, to ask difficult questions that are formulated to make you think about things on a deeper level, as well as to suggest a number of resources to aid you along in your journey. At times, I will remain quiet and listen. At other times, I will provide you with suggestions and resources. Still, at other times, I may call you on your bs. My goal is to serve as an inspiration and as a mirror.

Do you offer a payment plan?

Indeed, I do. Please contact me via email at sara@drsarabender.com to discuss your options. Please note, however, when you purchase an extended coaching package, you must be prepared to pay every monthly installment. There is no option to pause a payment subscription.

I HAVE to work with you, but I’m pretty freaked out about the money. Can I get a discount?

I get it.

I know that it takes some bravery to spend money without the ability to see a tangible product. With that said, I request that you do not sign up for my services if you cannot afford to pay for them.

Consider this an investment in your future, an investment in yourself. I have taken a great deal of time and effort to create valuable courses and programs based on my formal education, professional experiences, and talents. I am confident that that they will bring forth great change within my clients’ businesses. My programs are well worth their price as-is, too. In fact, most of them are less than the average course of a college course!

Do you have a return or refund policy?

No. When you sign up for a course, you will gain immediate access to it. It took great deal of time and effort to develop that course. With that, I do not offer refunds for any reason.

I also do not offer refunds for consultation or coaching services. When you sign up for 1:1 services with me, I reserve time in my schedule for our sessions together so I can be fully present for you and your success. Your time is important to me, and I will treat it with the respect it deserves. I expect the same from you. If you miss your scheduled call and do not give me 24 hours’ notice, I will reschedule your call once. If you miss the rescheduled call appointment, I will drop you as a client and your money will not be refunded. All conditions of our 1:1 work will be outlined in a contract before the work starts. I will ask you to review that contract in full and sign it. This document sets the expectations for our work together and will guide our professional relationship.

How do I contact you if I have more questions?

Please send an email to me at sara@drsarabender.com