Online Coaching Bend

Online Coaching Bend


Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be. – Abraham Lincoln

Online Coaching

Bend and Central Oregon

What if you could find a way to connect with someone supportive without dealing with traffic, travel time, bad weather or unexpected events occurring on your way to the office? What if you could enjoy that meeting without having to deal with the possibility of running into someone you know in the waiting room and having to explain why you’re there? And what if you don’t feel good that day or just don’t feel like you have the energy to drive to an appointment, but really want the opportunity to talk?

It’s all possible!

Online coaching is becoming increasingly popular these days. Let’s see why…

 

Benefits

Being able to meet with your coach from the comfort of your home or office, or even while traveling, definitely has its perks. Some find it helpful to be in their personal space…they feel comfortable and relaxed and more able to engage. Obviously, this requires being able to ensure that you’re free of disruption and distraction, but if this is possible, sessions in your own place can be very relaxed and reassuring.

Meeting virtually also eliminates travel time, gas use and the need to travel at all (or even get out of your jammies 😉 ). It’s generally easier to be on time for a meeting if you don’t have to go to someone’s office, and settling into a session when you haven’t been rushing to get there is always helpful. Also, because there’s no travel…no traffic or extra time needed to juggle around your otherwise busy days, you may even be able to fit more frequent meetings into your schedule. And even if travel and weather aren’t an issue, you might still choose to stay home, or to have some sessions at home and others in the office.

 

Effectiveness

So, these points might seem great, but you may be wondering if online sessions can be as good as in person…if they really work. The answer is a whole-hearted Yes! There have been studies done to answer this very question. You can read one here:

“Telehealth” and “online” counseling/coaching has been occurring pretty much since the internet began, but recently its use has increased dramatically. While virtual coaching can occur through phone conversations or even email, I prefer the video chat format. This allows for eye contact and reading body language, which I find particularly important in establishing a good coach-client relationship and building trust and comfort. It doesn’t have quite the same feel as in-person sessions, but for some that can be a benefit…it’s just a bit less intensive for those who might find in-person sessions themselves anxiety-provoking. And most of the time people forget that they’re on screen and not really face to face.

 

Safety and Confidentiality

Because you’re in your own home, office, hotel room, etc., you are in control of your privacy. There’s no concern that someone outside of an office door can hear your inner most thoughts, no matter how loudly you might talk.

And I use a video chat platform that has end-to-end encryption (which is HPPA compliant). This means that no one…not even the platform company itself, can obtain access during the session or any time after. And your personal computer or phone information is secure. I don’t record sessions to my computer or the cloud so there’s no way for someone to obtain the information later.

 

Ready to give it a try? Contact me for a free consult contact or request a session request