Many clients reach out to us from all over the world. Because we are based in California, there are limitations in the services that we can provide to those outside of California.
Neurodiverse coaching is focused on helping people "improve" their lives. It typically is solution-focused and concentrates on creating and maintaining motivation for change, exploring obstacles, and formulating a clear plan for an improved future.
It assumes that you are not currently experiencing significant problems in your life but rather you wish to improve your life (from OK to good or to great).
For many clients, coaching can be an extremely effective way to meet their personal goals.
With this understanding, there are geographic limitations on what we can offer as follows:
- Formal Assessment and Diagnosis
- Therapy and/or Coaching
Outside of California:
- Coaching by experienced Neurodiverse Specialists
- No formal assessment or diagnosis or therapy
In the section below, we have tried to answer the common questions that clients have on this topic. Please contact us with any of your follow up questions.
Answering your Common Questions
What’s The Difference Between Coaching & Counseling
While coaching and therapy both provide a helpful relationship to support your wellness and growth, coaches and counselors can have significant differences in their training, their methods, and their goals.
Psychotherapy helps a client (or clients in the case of couples therapy) address and resolve symptoms which, in aggregate, impair her or his ability to function well in daily life. This can include symptoms related to ASD and ADHD.
It is assumed that unless and until these problems are resolved, it may be difficult for people to make significant improvements in their lives. Once they are feeling stronger and more confident, they can start taking action to change their circumstances.
To practice psychotherapy, the clinician is required to complete:
graduate level education much of which is focused on relationships (including couples, marriage...)
licensure by the government (usually the state the client resides in), and
thousands of hours of supervised training.
Coaching is focused on helping people "improve" their lives. Neurodiverse coaching typically works on improving life skills. It assumes that you are not currently experiencing significant problems in your life but rather you wish to improve your life (from OK to good or to great).
For many clients, coaching can be an extremely effective way to meet their personal goals. The coaching work focuses on creating and maintaining motivation for change, exploring obstacles, and formulating a clear plan for an improved future.
Coaching is unregulated by governmental authorities; however, many certification programs are available. These programs are run by private companies or not-for-profit organizations. With or without a certificate, anyone can legally call themselves a "coach".
Putting the difference into practice:
Psychotherapists can provide coaching but coaches can not provide psychotherapy without going through the regulatory steps for licensure. All our professionals are both psychotherapists and coaches.
Sounds pretty straightforward, right?
In reality, it is extremely helpful to have the psychological training to assess whether coaching is appropriate or not. (By the way, all of our team members are therapists AND coaches). It is unethical for a coach to diagnose or provide therapeutic services. When work begins with you, your therapist or coach will make an assessment, usually in the first session and confirmed in later sessions, to confirm that you will receive the appropriate level of care.
All of our therapists operate under the laws in the state of California. If you live outside of California, you will be able to receive coaching but not psychotherapy.
Do you provide psychotherapy or coaching outside of California? And is coaching reimbursed by insurance companies?
All of our professionals are licensed to practice psychotherapy in California. However, outside of California, they are fully equipped to provide coaching. Therefore, our services are available as follows:
California: Psychotherapy or Coaching (dependent on your needs)
Outside California: Only Coaching
As explained in the previous question, there are several differences between psychotherapy and coaching but one of them is that coaches can NOT provide a medical diagnosis while psychotherapists can do so. Since most insurance companies do NOT reimburse for services unless a medical diagnosis is provided by a psychotherapist.
Nonetheless, some progressive insurance companies reimburse clients for "health and well-being coaching". You can ask your insurance companies if they honor the following CPT codes:
• 0591T - Health and Well-Being Coaching face-to-face; individual, initial assessment
• 0592T - Individual, follow-up session, at least 30 minutes