Frequently Asked Questions About Coaching

What is coaching and who does it benefit?

Coaching is an interactive, one-on-one partnership that enables you to clarify your goals and develop an action plan to achieve them. It’s like having a mentor, strategist, and confidant rolled into one, and who is working for your success. You are an active participant in the process, and must be willing to devote time in between sessions to taking actions steps that we mutually agree on.

Can I work with you if I don’t have a formal diagnosis?

Yes. A coach does not diagnose Asperger’s Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, or other medical condition, or provide psychotherapy, or advise on medical treatments. The focus of job and career coaching is goal-setting, skills development, and developing a realistic action plan.

How long do people work with a coach?

This depends on the individual and the nature of his or her goals. A term of 3 months (with sessions taking place weekly or every-other-week) is the suggested minimum. Most people engage a coach for 3 to 9 months, after which they taper their sessions or transition to other forms of support. Individual coaching sessions are 1 hour each.

Where does coaching take place?

In-person coaching is available at the Forward Motion Coaching office in greater Boston. Telephone, Skype and Zoom sessions are available nationwide.

Is coaching covered by insurance?

No, because coaching is not a medical service. However, some employers will sponsor or reimburse employees for coaching that focuses on workplace communication and organizational skills. Your human resources department can provide information about policies at your company.

How do I find out if coaching is right for me?

Contact me to arrange a free, 30-minute, no-obligation information session. To schedule a time, call me at 617-690-2127 or email me at

Note: Free session is for prospective new clients, and limited to one session per individual or family.